IPNews® – Stone Brewing has sued MillerCoors for the infringement on its trademark “Stone” as related to beer.

The word Stone has recently been the main focus of the Keystone beer rebranding for MillerCoors.  MillerCoors is fighting the lawsuit saying consumers have referred to Keystone as “Stone” since its debut which was before Stone Brewing was even founded.  To continue reading, click: Stone Brewing sues MillerCoors Over “Stone” Trademark

amazon.jpgIPNews® – Amazon has won two patents on a new wristband that tracks and collects data from employee movements.  

The stated goal of the wristbands is to free employees’ hands from handheld devices and to prevent errors.  However, employee groups are concerned about how the wristbands could be used.  To continue reading, click: Amazon Wristband Patent Allows it to Track Movements of Employees

cat-licking.jpgIPNews® – Internet sensation Grumpy Cat recently scored a court victory against Grenade Beverage for copyright infringement.

Grumpy Cat Limited had agreed to let Grenade Beverage use the cat’s image in relation to ‘Grumpuccino’ iced coffee.  Grumpy Cat Limited sued after Grenade infringed the cat’s rights by producing other products with Grumpy Cat’s image and failed to share profits.  To continue reading, click: Grumpy Cat Wins $710,001 Copyright Lawsuit Against Grenade Beverage

cosmetics.jpgIPNews® – The cosmetic company Hard Candy has decided to abandon its trademark application for the viral #MeToo hashtag.

The hashtag #MeToo has become the centerpiece of a social movement to bring attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault.  Hard Candy made the move after continued negative publicity even though it had planned to donate its profits.  To continue reading, click: Hard Candy Cosmetics Abandons its Trademark for #MeToo

spotify.jpgIPNews® – In late December 2017, Wixen Music Publishing filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Spotify.  

Wixen is alleging that Spotify failed to attain proper rights to stream music from artists including Tom Petty, Rage Against the Machine, The Black Keys’, Weezer, Neil Young, and the Doors.  The lawsuit comes at a bad time for Spotify, as it is reportedly preparing to go public.  To continue reading, click: Spotify Faces $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Regarding Music Licenses

football.jpgIPNews® – The NFL is being threatened with a trademark lawsuit by a company it has a history with called Barstool Sports.

Recently, the NFL began selling shirts that use the phrase “Sundays are for the Boys”.  Barstool Sports has taken issue with this, since it has long sold a shirt that contains the phrase “Saturdays are for the Boys”.   To continue reading, click: Barstool Sports threatens NFL with Trademark Lawsuit

Comic Con.jpgIPNews® – San Diego Comic-Con has won its trademark lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con over use of the words “Comic Con”.  

The Salt Lake version had argued that the Comic Con words were generic and thus free for all to use.  However, the court determinted that consumers were in fact likely to be confused as to sponsorship and affiliation between the events.   To continue reading, click: San Diego Comic-Con Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Salt Lake Comic Con

apple-store.jpgIPNews® – Qualcomm and Apple have reached a new low in their relationship.  

First Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple in July for infringing on 16 patents, then Apple recently filed a countersuit accusing Qualcomm of patent infringement.  Apple is reportedly considering ending its relationship Qualcomm and instead using other suppliers for iPhone chips.  To continue reading, click: Apple Countersues Qualcomm for Patent Infringement

dog leash.jpgIPNews® The hip hop band Wu-Tang Clan has filed a trademark opposition against a recently filed “Woof-Tang Clan” trademark application.

The opposition is the band’s attempt to prevent a New York based dog-walking company from getting a trademark.  The Wu-Tang Clan name has been in use in relation to hip hop music since 1993.  To continue reading, click: Woof-Tang Clan Dog Walking Company Trademark Opposed by Wu-Tang Clan

music-sheet.jpgRick Ross is back at it in his copyright lawsuit against LMFAO.

In 2013, Ross sued the Los Angeles musical duo LMFAO claiming that the song “Party Rock Anthem” infringed his copyright in “Hustlin’” with the lyrics “everyday I’m shufflin’.” After a long-running lawsuit ending with dissmisal in 2016, Rick Ross has now appealed that ruling arguing that his copyright registration are valid despite errors.  To continue reading, click: Rapper Rick Ross’ Revives Copyright Lawsuit Against LMFAO