Football fans in California are likely aware that Native American groups have been harsh critics of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Six of the team's trademarks were canceled in 2014 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because they were considered offensive, but lawyers representing the professional sports franchise appealed the ruling on June 23.
Madonna fans in California might be interested to know that the singer now faces a lawsuit from Hard Candy, a Florida company that makes clothing and accessories geared towards young women. The company claims that the singer is violating the company's trademark by attempting to license clothing and fitness clubs under the name Hard Candy Fitness.
California-based Facebook is accusing Vermont-startup Designbook of trademark infringement, while Designbook is accusing Facebook of bullying. The founders of Designbook filed trademark applications in September 2014 but were informed in March that Facebook plans to challenge them because the names are similar and might be confusing for consumers.
California investors may have heard that the virtual health care company Teladoc is being sued by one of its competitors, American Well. The lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts on June 8 and alleges that Teladoc infringed on American Well's patent. American Well is seeking an award for damages and court costs as well as an injunction against Teladoc.
Members of the 1960s musical group the Turtles won another victory on May 27 in their landmark copyright infringement case against the satellite radio company Sirius XM. The case centers around royalties on songs recorded prior to Feb. 15, 1972. California law offers protection to the work of performance artists that was recorded before this date, while federal law does not. The plaintiff, a company controlled by two of the band's founders, is pursuing similar litigation in New York and Florida seeking approximately $100 million in damages.