Classic rock band KISS may be retiring soon. A recent trademark filing for the word mark “THE END OF THE ROAD” has appeared in the USPTO database, causing speculation that the band may be giving a farewell tour very soon. Get an update here.
When Justin Goldman took a photo of Tom Brady and posted it to Snapchat, he probably had no idea that it would go viral and have an extensive impact on social media and publishing. But, that’s exactly what it did. Now, a judge in the Southern District of New York has ruled that embedding an image without the owner’s permission can constitute copyright infringement. Read about the decision and its impact on social media, here.
If at first you don’t succeed… try again. Gary Goldman, a screenwriter and owner of Esplanade Productions Inc., is suing Disney for the second time over their hit animated film, “Zootopia.” After unsuccessful claims of copyright infringement were dismissed in federal court last March, Esplanade Productions is now suing on the basis of breach of implied contract. Read about the developments here.
Walmart is getting no love from Uggs’ creator Deckers Outdoor Corp., and rightfully so. On Wednesday, February 14th, Deckers sued Walmart Inc. and Reliable Knitting Works in California federal court, alleging that Walmart infringed the Uggs trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of one of their popular boots. This isn’t the first time, either. Read about it here.
This is an update to a previous post covering the Waymo v. Uber case. After four days of trial, Waymo and Uber have reached a settlement regarding their trade secrets fight over driverless cars, sensors and technology. Read the update here.
Apple has patented a stylus that can draw on anything and nothing at all. The pen could theoretically be used to produce text or 3D drawings without writing on a touch sensitive surface. It would only require a wireless tether to a computer or similar device. Read more about it here.
Facebook users should be more aware of what streams down their timeline and information they enter into their profiles. A new patent from the social media giant describes a system that would use data points it collects on the user to predict their socioeconomic status. Data points include education, travel history, the number of devices owned, and homeownership. Read about how it works, here.
On Monday, February 5th, oral arguments will begin for one of the most anticipated technology cases of the year. The Honorable William Alsup will preside over Waymo v. Uber. If you haven’t heard of this case, here is what you need to know. Read about it here.
Wrigley’s has been on the defense lately. The candy giant has been fending off trademark infringers since 2016. The fights continue with a new lawsuit against a Florida-based e-cigarette company, “Get Wrecked Juices LLC.” Read about it here.
It looks like the Empire isn’t the only thing that strikes back. RedBox is counter-suing Disney after Disney hauled the kiosk company into court over resale of Disney movies. RedBox says they aren’t doing anything wrong, though. Read about it here.