Copyright litigation can be tricky without an attorney. Take, for example, the case of David Bartholomew, a man who claims he is the original designer of the Rose Bowl and Parade logo. Bartholomew claims he came up with the logo while attending school at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1977. Bartholomew claims that he made the design and gave it to the tournament’s staff, who released it a few years later as the work of a different student, Susan Karasic. Karasic vehemently denies any of this, and says that she has various sketchbook drawings, showing the evolution of the design.
He’s not a football fan, so Bartholomew says he didn’t notice the logo until just a few years ago, and is now trying to collect damages for some 30 years of the logo’s use. Since he doesn’t have an attorney, it’s been hard for him to argue the rolling statute of limitations on copyrights, as well as other tricky copyright nuances. His case has been dismissed and appealed many times since 2007, and has cost him over $14,000, according to last week’s lengthy article in the L.A. Times.
Whether or not his claim is legitimate, he sums up the feeling of those who have suffered intellectual property theft pretty well: “What happened was a booby trap. It’s like somebody broke into my house and stole my property.”
According to The Tennessean: “My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old. At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.” Although this is may be true, Young Buck will have to anticipate that the opposing side will claim that his “name” is a really a just trademark, and that he will no longer be able to use the term “Young Buck” in connection with his goods or services, in his case as a performing artist. Don’t worry Young Buck, I’m sure the opposing side will not attempt to get an injunction against your mother from calling you “Young Buck.”
“My Foolish colleague Rick Munarriz says he’ll be buying shares of Green Mountain by week’s end because the Keurig machine remains popular, the patent expiration battle is overblown, and the stock is cheap. I think what he’s doing amounts to balancing a steaming cup of coffee in his lap. The K-cup is popular because it’s patent protected; that expires next year.”
The word Speedophile may have a simply descriptive meaning in urban slang terms (someone who likes going really fast). However, it’s possible that the swimwear manufacturer, Speedo could take issue with this particular logo blazened on the side of a Jetski. The main problem is that in this image, the first part of the word “Speedo” is a different colored font than “phile”. The result is that it looks like “Speedo” is somehow referenced. If the game is released with this detail (and it looks likely that it will be), Rockstar Games may get promptly slapped with a trademark infringement lawsuit.
And, given that Speedo has just shut down a porn site in Australia that featured their logo on a few pairs of swimwear, it seems they are keeping a sharp lookout for trademark infringers.
As part of its list of new “Sponsored Top-Level Domain” names, or sTLD’s the suffix .xxx was created by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) back in March. This gave adult industry companies the option to get a domain name that ends in .xxx.
Youngblood Co Founder Patrick Martin said, when asked about the suit: “It is our intention to settle this matter with as little complication to all parties involved as possible. At the same time, we will not allow Fossil Inc. to continue to infringe on our brand name and image. Ourlegal team is pursuing all avenues of legal action available to us.”
Bye-bye to the 7 million’s, hello to the 8’s. The United States Patent and Trademark Officejust recently granted registration to US Patent No. 8,000,000 Awarded to Second Sight Medical Products for a “Visual Prosthesis Apparatus” that Enhances Visual Perception for the Sight Impaired.