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Dairy Queen loses lawsuit against bottled water company

Jun. 24, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — American Dairy Queen Corp. has lost a federal lawsuit accusing a Massachusetts company of trademark infringement for attaching the name “Blizzard” to its bottled water. The Star Tribune reported Friday that U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St....

Ohio State gets approval to trademark 'The' for merchandise

Jun. 22, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University has won its fight to trademark the word “The.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the university’s request Tuesday. The school says it allows Ohio State to control use of “The” on branded products associated with and...

Fashion creators sue Hailey Bieber over her new brand's name

Jun. 21, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former college roommates who created a successful clothing line under the “Rhode” trademark sued model Hailey Bieber on Tuesday, saying she’s creating market confusion by marketing a skin care line under the Rhode name. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal...

Seattle Space Needle sues coffee chain over use of logo

Jun. 11, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Space Needle has sued a local coffee chain for using its trademarked logo in coffee shop branding and merchandise. The logo for Local Coffee Spot, which has four locations in the Seattle area, features a mug of hot coffee whose rising steam bears striking...

Analysis: NBA Finals moment isn't too big for the Celtics

Jun. 09, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

Stephen Curry tried one of his patented floaters from the left side of the rim. Klay Thompson tried a layup from nearly the same spot a few minutes later. Slightly different shots from the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, with exact same...

Paramount sued over ‘Top Gun’ copyright claim

Jun. 07, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

The widow and son of the man who wrote the 1983 article that inspired the original “Top Gun” are suing Paramount Pictures over its sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” In a complaint filed in California federal court Monday, Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay claim that the rights to Ehud...

2 make deal, leaving just Kim Dotcom facing US extradition

May. 10, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two men charged by U.S. prosecutors with racketeering and other crimes for their involvement in the once wildly popular file-sharing website Megaupload said Tuesday they have reached a deal that will see them avoid being extradited to the U.S. in exchange for facing...

Micron Technology is sued for alleged patent infringement

Apr. 28, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bell Semiconductor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against computer chipmaker Micron Technology. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court contends that Boise, Idaho-based Micron is using without authorization a process for making semiconductor...

China, Russia, five others make US property rights blacklist

Apr. 27, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has put China, Russia and five other countries on its annual blacklist for lax enforcement of intellectual property rights that leaves American companies vulnerable to copyright and trademark piracy. All seven countries on this year’s list were...

Customs seizes counterfeit 1936 Red Wings' Stanley Cup rings

Apr. 26, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized 10 counterfeit Stanley Cup rings for the 1936 Detroit Red Wings championship team due to trademark violations, the agency announced Tuesday. Customs officers at the Port of Champlain facility found the rings...