Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Than bank did hold a trademark registration for the mark KOTAK in South Korea which it had got on October 28, 2003.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
In a blow to Twitter, the USPTO has primarily denied the Trademark application for th word “tweet”.
Twitter originally filed for the trademark on April 16. In the application, the company expressed its desire to use tweet “through the applicant’s related company or licensee the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods and/or services.” It seemed like a standard application that, once reviewed, would make “tweet” one of Twitter’s registered trademarks.
But after reviewing Twitter’s application and sifting through its listing of pending applications, the Patent Office found that three companies had already applied for trademarks that contained “tweet” in their names. They were simply too close to the trademark Twitter wanted.
The Patent Office attached applications sent by those three companies–TweetMarks, Cotweet, and Tweetphoto–with Twitter’s rejection notice. In that notice dated July 1, the Patent Office explained that each of those trademark applications were filed with its office before Twitter’s application.
“Marks in prior-filed pending applications may present a bar to registration of applicant’s mark,” the office wrote.
It went on to say that Twitter’s tweet mark “may be refused registration under Trademark Act Section 2(d) because of a
likelihood of confusion between the two marks.” It couldn’t say for sure that it would be refused registration, since the three previous applications were still pending.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
In 2002, Erich Specht was awarded a trademark for the use of the name Android Data. The name was applied to his IT software company. The Compnay was dissolved in 2004. In the year 2007, Google came out and made a statement as regards to the launch of its Android OS.
tHE uspto denied Google the right to the name Android over possible product confusion. Google continued to using the name. Specht re-registered a domain for his defunct company and filed a complaint with the trademark office, reading in part:
"]t is clear that Google stole first and asked questions later... Even though they could have, as they put it, arbitrarily chosen any name to brand their products, Google and the OHA members intentionally and without justification chose to affix Plaintiff's Android mark to their websites, products, services, and press releases without regard to ownership."
Specht has filed suit with all the companies involved in the Android Alliance (48 in total), for damages equaling $2 million
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
The traditional knowledge Digital Library has been released. This ambitious project has been brought with a desire to protect
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Mr. P.H.Kurian, a malayali of the 1986 cadre of the IAS has been appointed the new Controller General of the Patent, Designs and Trademarks. This is historic in nature as it is for the first time that an IAS officer is being appointed.
All IP practioners are waiting with baited breath to see whether any changes will come about in the Registry’s. There are many much desired changes that are urgently required to arrest ineeficient maner in which the Registry’s are presently running.
A new change being noticed is that the examiners are writing their comments on a sheet of paper which is being attached with the examination report when being sent.