pirate_flag.jpgIPNews® – Fan favorite grocery chain Trader Joe’s has filed a complaint against Michael Hallat, once dubbed their “best customer,” for trademark infringement and other claims for re-selling the grocer’s popular goods across the border.

Trader Joe’s claims that Hallat’s store, Pirate Joe’s, infringes on its trademark and damages its brand as a whole by

chinese_flag.jpgIPNews® – Chinese officials have blocked the trademark registration of “Tesla” by U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, Inc. in light of a prior registration.

A Chinese man, Zhan Boasheng, obtained a trademark registration for “Tesla” in 2009, and is now demanding that Tesla Motors pay more than $30 million for rights to the name. 

glasses.jpgIPNews® – The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board last Thursday approved Sutro Product Development, Inc.’s attempt to trademark the sound that its eyeglasses make while snapping open.

This decision overturned years of rejections by examining attorneys, who had ruled that the three click sound was a functional element of the hinge, and therefore not eligible

belt-buckle.jpgIPNews® – Two online retailers, JustFab.com and Fab.com, are embroiled in a fight over rights to the trademark “Fab,” with JustFab.com filing a lawsuit against its “fab” opponent in Federal Court.

The complaint, filed in California’s Central District, alleges trademark infringement by Fab.com as well as unfair competition by the company.  JustFab.com is petitioning for

green_eggs_ham.jpgIPNews® – Former hip-hop collaborators Will.i.am and Pharrell Williams will now be facing off in U.S. Federal Court over the trademark “I am.”

Will.i.am, whose real name is William Adams, has established an LLC featuring a family of trademarks that all begin with “I am.”  Pharrell Williams recently founded I am Other Entertainment, LLC, which

purse-1.jpgIPNews® – Luxury fashion brand Michael Kors filed a complaint alleging false advertising against wholesale giant Costco on July 9, after photos surfaced of Costco using photos of Michael Kors purses in online advertising.

Michael Kors alleges that Costco is not an authorized retailer of its merchandise and that the photo would make customers believe

barrel.jpgIPNews® – Kraft Food Group, Inc. won a preliminary injunction in its trademark infringement case against Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. as a Federal Judge barred the company from selling any grocery products bearing the “Cracker Barrel” label in stores. 

Kraft’s lawsuit is still pending.  The case will ultimately decide if Cracker Barrel Old