AMI Insurance has lost its battle to trademark 15 common insurance terms with the prefix “my”, such as “my insurance”.
The trademark were approved for registration by the Intellectual Property Office last year.
But rivals AA Insurance, IAG New Zealand, Tower Insurance and Vero Insurance united to appeal against the decision to the High Court at Wellington in June.
They claimed the terms were generic to the industry, and were not distinctive enough to qualify as a trademark and could confuse consumers.
Justice Joe Williams said in his judgment that a large number of “my marks” had been registered in relation to goods and services, such as “My Money”, a trademark for a Bank of New Zealand account and Sky Television’s “My Sky”.
But these did not use generic product names, unlike the words AMI was seeking to register, Justice Williams said.
AMI’s application was the first in the insurance industry to try to trademark generic industry terms, including “my insurance, my car insurance and “my house insurance”.
Simon Cowell has abandoned his attempt to trademark the name Rhythmix, after weeks of pressure from a Brighton-based children’s charity of the same name over a The X Factor girl band.
A public standoff between the Rhythmix charity and the music mogul came to a head on Wednesday, with Cowell agreeing to withdraw a formal application to trademark the name.
Producers at The X Factor changed the Rhythmix girl group’s name to Little Mix in October when the row first erupted. Mark Davyd, the chief executive of the charity, welcomed the move and said it was an end to The X Factor’s attempt to “bully the charity into submission”.
A spokeswoman for Syco, Cowell’s entertainment business which co-produces The X Factor, said: “Syco are happy to withdraw the application for the trademark, as initially offered at the time of the name change to Little Mix.”
The Rhythmix charity pointed out in an open letter to Cowell on Tuesday that his firm had not withdrawn its attempt to trademark the name, despite agreeing to rename The X Factor group. Late on Tuesday the mark “Rhythmix” was still listed among Syco’s other trademarks, including The X Factor, Il Divo and Got Talent.
A spokeswoman for Syco said that the show’s lawyers wrote to the charity on 26 October offering to give them the trademark, which the charity refused. “We remain happy to withdraw it and we do not intend to use this name at any time in the future,” the spokeswoman said. “We conclude this matter is closed.”
BASIS International Ltd. on Wednesday revealed filing a lawsuit against BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion for trademark infringement in connection with RIM’s yet-to-be-released operating system, BBX.
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RIM must now defend itself in federal court in New Mexico.
BASIS International, a global software company based in Albuquerque, N.M., claims it already has a trademark on “BBx” and that RIM’s new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones and tablet computers would cause confusion and hurt its reputation.
Lockheed Martin Corp., the world’s largest defense contractor, won a U.S. agency ruling that prevents Raytheon Co. from obtaining a trademark on the name “Paveway” for laser-guided bombs.
Paveway is a generic term, a board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, said in a Sept. 27 decision that rejected Raytheon’s request. Both Lockheed and Waltham, Massachusetts-based Raytheon make bombs with the name.
Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker, had sought exclusive rights to the name after Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed began supplying laser-guided bombs to the U.S. Air Force and Navy and international customers, Lockheed said today in statement. Lockheed had filed notice of opposition to the registration request in 2005.
The agency’s decision “fully recognizes Lockheed Martin as one of two U.S. government-qualified sources for paveway II precision guided systems,” Joe Serra, a senior manager for precision guided systems at Lockheed, said in the statement.
The case is Lockheed Martin Corp. v. Raytheon Co., Opposition No. 91174152, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Alexandria, Virginia).
Written by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire on October 16, 2011.
Mark Zuckerberg by Elaine Chan and Priscilla Chan
Facebook has filed a request to trademark the useage of Facebook on business cards and non-magnetically encoded ID cards as well as a number of other things. The trademark, if granted, would protect the word Facebook in the specified formats. It is not surprising that Facebook would want to trademark their name, though one writer thought it was curious that the trademark request also includes “‘business card and identity card design services,’ ‘printing services’ and the ominous, ‘facilitating social and business networking through the provision of data for use on its own business and identity cards.’”
They also stated that:
It also looks like the trademark would cover QR code and NFC/RFID uses — which work through magnetic induction, NOT the aforementioned magnetic encoding — much like the Presence cards and photobooths that allowed you to upload and tag photos at F8.
It’s easy to envision some sort of master Facebook plan where Facebook would give users a cheap physical ID that could be read by smart readers and used for a variety of practical purposes. When asked, people familiar with the Facebook matter had no clue as to whether this was actually in the works. It’s also unclear how often companies like Facebook trademark something and then don’t actually take advantage of the trademark.
Jersey Shore star wants to make sure his GTL trademark is intact, which means suing a random ass guido-themed lifestyle company for ripping off The Situation’s brand.
The lawsuit has been filed … but does it have merit?
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Don’t cry, Mike … it’s gonna be alright dawg.
Sitch’s cease and desist letter to a website called MyGTLFuel (dot) com claims they’d better quit exploiting his trademark or legal action will be a-comin’.
The site, which sells everything from energy shots to tanning lotion, hasn’t gone anywhere yet, as its owner, Dana Valentino, says there’s no trademark.
According to Valentino, Sitch applied for the “GTL” trademark, but doesn’t legally own it … yet. He wants to settle this amicably but NOT close up shop.
Local.com Corporation, a leading online local media company, today announced that the company has been awarded patent number 8,032,427 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering a system for providing localized shopping information.
Issued on Oct. 4, 2011, the patent describes a system by which consumers are provided with online information for specific products sold by local retailers using location-based information to determine relevance. The patented system also provides for the display of relevant advertising along with the sought-after local shopping information.
According to BIA/Kelsey, approximately 97 percent of consumers who use the Internet have used it to research goods or services they purchased offline.
“Consumers are increasingly using mobile devices and apps to research products that are ultimately purchased at brick-and-mortar retailers. As a result of this, we believe that location-based services will play a growing role in connecting retailers with ready-to-buy consumers who are searching for those products,” said Heath Clarke, chairman and CEO, Local.com. “We believe this new patent, acquired as part of our acquisition of Krillion, provides Local.com with important new intellectual property in this space.”