Category: Business Litigation

Harris Faulkner Sues Hasbro Over Doppelganger Hamster Toy

Harris Faulkner, a six-time Emmy winner and famous Fox News anchor, is suing Hasbro over a toy hamster that shares the same name and likeness. Hasbro is a multinational toy company, responsible for creating famous products such as G.I. Joe and Mr. Potato Head. The product is called the “Harris Faulkner toy hamster”, much to

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Pot Chocolate Company No Match For Hershey’s Trademark

When Colorado passed state laws that legalized marijuana, a new industry opened up and boomed. On the federal level, marijuana is still considered an illegal narcotic, but so far the feds have not tried to overrule the state’s power on this issue. However, the Hershey’s Company wants nothing to do with the new lease on

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Jimmy John’s Unique Non-Compete Agreement

Generally, a company will have its upper management employees sign a non-compete agreement, but will not require the same of lower level employees. However, the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s has decided to go its own direction with its non-compete agreement, which has caused some controversy. New hires, whether they are an executive or a sandwich maker,

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What Happens If a Company Spies on Another Company?

On November 13, the Los Angeles Superior Court frustrated Mattel’s motion to dismiss a $1 billion trade secret lawsuit, which was filed by MGA Entertainment. The lawsuit was filed because MGA accused Mattel of spying on it and other companies for years at toy shows. This decision is just one part of a long-standing legal feud

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Why Did Glu Mobil Take Hothead to Court for Trade Dress Infringement?

Hothead’s game app Kill Shot is beating Glu Mobile’s game app, Deer Hunter, by eight spots in a list of Apple’s top-grossing games for the iTunes App Store. However, Hothead could lose to Glu Mobile in a copyright and trade dress infringement lawsuit. The argument by Glu Mobile is that the games are identical, except that Kill Shot

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Can Two Different Entities Trademark the Same Name?

John Wayne was one of the most iconic actors in American cinema history, famous for his walk, talk and good looks. He was also famous for his moniker “The Duke”, a childhood nickname that followed him even after he became a celebrity. Currently, John Wayne’s family is looking to sell a line of Kentucky bourbon

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Google Joins Samsung In Apple Lawsuit

We have been closely following the unfolding of the Apple and Samsung patent infringement case. Previously, we discussed how Apple is suing Samsung for $2 billion on the grounds that the latter infringed on Apple’s patents, such as slide-to-unlock, word correction, contextual links, universal search and data syncing. Samsung responded by calling to the stand

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Should I File A Trademark Myself?

An unregistered trademark lacks many means of protection against infringement. However, simply registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on your own does not always mean that the mark will be completely protected, because you may make common errors that open your mark up to infringement. The legal process of trademark

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