The star of the popular Food Network show 'Barefoot Contessa" is suing a California company that she says is selling unauthorized reproductions of her products. On Feb. 17, television chef Ina Garten filed a lawsuit against OFI Imports Inc. in a Manhattan federal court. According to Garten, OFI has been selling look-alike versions of her Barefoot Contessa frozen meals without permission.
People in California could be interested in this case involving the drink maker that produces Red Bull recently filing a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opposition against Ashburn, Virginia's Old Ox Brewery. Old Ox is a small family-run startup craft brewery that began in June 2014. Their beer production schedule includes 4,000 kegs to be produced by the end of 2015. They will be distributing the beer in a small section of Virginia. Red Bull is a well-known energy drink brand based in Austria.
California's music professionals often face frustrations over issues related to copyright protections in their industry. The digital age has made it even more challenging to protect one's work from issues such as unauthorized copying and distribution. A recent study of copyright concerns and the marketplace for music was conducted by the U.S. Copyright Office as the current system was reviewed carefully.
Entrepreneurs and business owners in California might benefit from learning more about what types of things may be protected by patent law. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is responsible for administering and governing patent laws pertaining to inventions and other activities relating to patents. Patent laws state that anyone who discovers or invents a useful process, manufacture, composition of matter or any useful improvement upon the aforementioned may obtain a patent, subject to the requirements and conditions of the law.