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July 2015 Archives

Salt Lake Comic Con registers trademark amidst litigation

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California has new information to consider in the ongoing trademark infringement dispute between San Diego Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con. After San Diego Comic-Con sued Salt Lake Comic Con for infringing on its trademark of 'comic-con," Salt Lake Comic Con registered a trademark of its own.

Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams will appeal

California music lovers may be interested to learn that Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams and the rapper T.I. plan to file an appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling that upheld the jury's verdict in the copyright infringement case filed against them by the family of Marvin Gaye. The underlying case involved the hit song "Blurred Lines", which the Marvin Gaye family alleged was taken from the music he created.

Washington NFL team loses federal trademark protections

Football fans in California are likely aware that the name and trademarks of the Washington NFL franchise have been the subject of a contentious legal dispute. Native Americans have long objected to the team calling itself the Redskins, and the storied franchise was dealt a blow on July 8 when a U.S. District Court judge ordered that the cancellation of six of their trademarks should go ahead, affirming a decision that had been made in June by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Google accused of copyright infringement

Entrepreneurs and investors in California may benefit from learning more about the potential implications of Google's loss at the Supreme Court of an appeal of a copyright lawsuit originally filed by Oracle in 2012. The lawsuit claimed that Google's popular Android operating system for mobile devices actually infringes on the Java software language developed by Oracle.

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