HONOLULU (AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding...
In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word
WASHINGTON (AP) — None of the Supreme Court's justices wanted to say the four-letter word.
The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand...
SCOTUS justices avoid saying ‘FUCT’ in brand case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti's four-letter fashion brand starts with an "F'' and rhymes with "duct." The federal government calls it "scandalous" and "immoral" and has refused to register the...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A state lawmaker in South Carolina wants to trademark his motto "The People's Rep."
Rep. Justin Bamberg says it is a cheesy tagline he has been using to catch the...
Czech Budweiser brewer worries about Brexit impact
CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's a Bourbon Street battle of jumbo beers, just before Mardi Gras' climactic weekend: Huge Ass Beers vs. Giant Ass Beer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California judge delivered a blow Thursday to a decade-long effort by federal prosecutors to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its trademarked logo, ruling such a move...
Chinese man gets US prison term in fake computer items case
HOUSTON (AP) — A man from China has been sentenced to 4½ years in a U.S. prison in a trademark violation case involving counterfeit computer-networking equipment shipped to Texas.
Ruiyang Li of Beijing was sentenced Friday in Houston. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old Chinese national pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Coffee roaster reports confusion over shared name with CBD
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Coffee By Design says it may pursue legal action over customers confused by its shared acronym with the cannabis compound CBD.
The Portland Press Herald reports the owners of the coffee roaster have owned a trademark for CBD since 2010.
Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, is also known as CBD.
Beverage company opposes trademark for Hawaii-grown coffee
HONOLULU (AP) — A Sweden-based beverage company has opposed the trademark application filed by a Hawaii company for a coffee product.
Attorneys for The Absolut Co. filed a notice of opposition for the application last year, arguing that Kaholo Coffee is "confusingly similar" to the company's product, Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.
China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China.
Rihanna sues father over use of their last name for business
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rihanna is suing her father over his use of their last name for a business.
In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, says that her father, Ronald Fenty, and his partner have violated her trademark and falsely suggested that their business, Fenty Entertainment, is affiliated with her.
The 30-year-old singer says in the lawsuit that she has used the name for her cosmetics brand and other businesses since 2012.
‘Adventure’ books publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The company that publishes the "Choose Your Own Adventure" novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over an interactive film in the science fiction "Black Mirror" anthology series.
In the federal suit filed Friday, the Waitsfield, Vermont-based company Chooseco claims the online streaming giant violated its trademark with the movie "Bandersnatch," which was released last month.
Rockstar defends Pinkerton name in ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
NEW YORK (AP) — Rockstar Games is firing back in a legal tussle over the use of a Pinkerton security company's name in its video game "Red Dead Redemption 2."
Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease and desist letter to Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, in December, claiming the popular Wild West video game uses their trademarks without permission, according to court documents.
Chicago suburb, Nevada city settle trademark dispute
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Documents show the Chicago suburb of Naperville and the city of Henderson, Nevada, have come to a resolution over use of the trademarked term "Water Street District."
Resorts World: Resort will look different from Wynn, Encore
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The company building a multibillion-dollar casino-resort with a modern Asian flair on the Las Vegas Strip defended itself in court filings this week arguing it is not copying its building design from two properties across the street.
Jury decides to strip Mongols biker gang of trademark logo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury decided Friday that the Mongols motorcycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind verdict, federal prosecutors said.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana previously found Mongol Nation, the entity that owns the image of a Mongol warrior on a chopper, guilty of racketeering and conspiracy.
Penn State moves to trademark the Happy Valley nickname
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It's sometimes called State College and sometimes University Park, but Penn State wants to ensure it holds the trademark when it's called Happy Valley.
The Centre Daily Times reported Wednesday the university asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month to trademark the term that refers to the school's setting in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
Wynn Resorts sues Resorts World over building design
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by Wynn Resorts claims the Resorts World property under construction across the street from the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore is too similar.
The company filed a trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit in federal court last week, seeking an injunction prohibiting Resort World Las Vegas from using Wynn's architectural trade dress of the buildings.
Resorts World is building a $4 billion, 3,000-room resort that's expected to open in late 2020.
Vegas hotel accuses new $4 billion resort of copying design
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The corporate owner of the Wynn and Encore resorts on the Las Vegas Strip is accusing a company building a $4 billion casino across the street of copying its building design.
Wynn Resorts Holdings has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit alleging that Resorts World Las Vegas wants to mislead the public to believe its new 3,000-room project is affiliated with Wynn.
Malaysia-based Genting Group plans to open Resorts World in 2020.
Spice spat: Old Bay sues New Bae for trademark infringement
BALTIMORE (AP) — A clash of seasonings is looming in federal court, as Maryland's Old Bay seeks to protect its trademark in a lawsuit against another spice blend, New Bae.
The Daily Record reports Old Bay maker McCormick & Co. sued this week to stop Pittsburgh-based Primal Palate from using the "New Bae" name.
EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court hasn't fallen under the spell of Dutch witches' cheese.
The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that "the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity" and ruled that it is "not eligible for copyright protection."
It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where Levola, the producer of "Heksenkaas," or witches' cheese, wanted its spreadable dip protected from copycats.
Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts story
NEW YORK (AP) — In some versions of a story Nov. 6 and 7 about a lawsuit brought by the Girl Scouts of the United States of America against the Boy Scouts of America, The Associated Press erroneously reported the day the complaint was filed. It was filed Tuesday, not Monday.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program's name change
A Democratic House could probe Trump business ties abroad
PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks — all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives.
While Trump retains broad power over national security and U.S. foreign policy, the midterm election result exposes him to congressional investigations that could reverberate beyond American borders.
China grants 18 trademarks in 2 months to Trump, daughter
SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government granted 18 trademarks to companies linked to President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump over the last two months, Chinese public records show, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House.
Judge rules cafe has too similar name to NYC museum
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York says a cafe that opened earlier this year as MoMaCha must change its name because it is infringing upon the trademarks of the Museum of Modern Art.
Dolphins’ FitzMagic says he’s willing to share nickname
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins rookie safety Minkah Fitzpatrick wants to trademark his nickname but says he'd be happy to share it with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Both go by "FitzMagic," and the Bucs' QB has been making headlines while leading his team to a 2-0 start as a replacement for the suspended Jameis Winston.
That's not the reason Minkah Fitzpatrick recently filed for a federal trademark of the nickname, he said Wednesday.
England coach Southgate ditches trademark World Cup garment
LONDON (AP) — The England lineup hasn't changed much since the World Cup. Gareth Southgate's clothing has.
The coach didn't wear his trademark vest, or waistcoat, on Saturday as England lost to Spain 2-1 in its first game since its surprising run to fourth place in Russia.
Southgate became an unlikely fashion icon by donning the garment under his suit jacket on the touchlines at the World Cup.
Prince’s estate sues alleged European piracy network
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's estate is suing what it says it a European piracy network that is selling his music around the world, including his final concert.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Minnesota last week alleges that defendants in France, Belgium and the Netherlands are selling unreleased studio recordings and bootlegged recordings of his live performances without permission.
Sellers of phony U of Arkansas merchandise told to pay up
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered more than 40 foreign online merchants to each pay $200,000 in damages in a University of Arkansas System lawsuit alleging that they were selling counterfeit Razorback merchandise.
Trademark bullies? Many big colleges fiercely protect brands
Never get between a university and its trademarks.
That's the lesson dozens of people learn every year when they unwittingly provoke the wrath of big universities and the lawyers they hire to protect their mascots, slogans and logos.
Records gathered by The Associated Press show that some major universities send their lawyers after even slight perceived threats to their brands, sending flurries of letters threatening legal action or trying to block new trademarks deemed too close to their own.
Utah comic convention ordered to pay $4M in trademark case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge has ordered organizers of Salt Lake City's annual comic convention to pay nearly $4 million in attorney fees and costs to San Diego Comic-Con after losing a trademark-infringement case.
Logo: Kentucky distiller sues Dylan company over trademark
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Heaven Hill Distillery of Kentucky is taking Bob Dylan's whiskey company to court, claiming trademark infringement involving its logo.
Heaven's Door Spirits is co-owned by the musician and debuted this year.
Minor League trademark hints at possible PawSox move
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — What's in a name?
For fans of the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, it may be a hint of where the team might play in the future.
Minor League Baseball has applied for three trademarks on the word "WooSox," a name that hints the Pawtucket Red Sox may be seriously considering a move to Worcester.
Chicago chain faces backlash over ‘Aloha Poke’ trademark
HONOLULU (AP) — A Chicago-based chain that trademarked "Aloha Poke" has faced backlash with calls for boycott after sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses with similar names, including the Aloha Poke Shop in Honolulu.
The letters sent on behalf of Aloha Poke Co. demanded restaurants to stop using "Aloha" and "Aloha Poke," citing the similarities and the likelihood of confusion.
The downtown Honolulu poke restaurant received a letter in January, owner Jeff Sampson said.
DETROIT (AP) — Eminem has found himself in an unlikely battle: one over retail, not rap.
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — KitKat is not getting its break.
The maker of the chocolate bar has for 16 years tried to trademark its four-finger shape in the European Union, arguing that it is a distinctive feature that deserves protection — like Toblerone's pyramid blocks, which are trademarked.
But a European court ruled Wednesday against KitKat and its maker, Nestle, saying that its shape is not recognized throughout all the 28 countries of the EU.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights have resolved a trademark dispute with the U.S. Army over the NHL franchise's name and gold and black colors.
The hockey team said in a statement Thursday that an agreement with the Army allows the team to continue using the "Vegas Golden Knights" and "Golden Knights" while the Army can keep using the "Golden Knights" nickname and variations of it for its parachute exhibition team.
UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K
PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is paying an alumnus $7,500 to stop selling T-shirts that say "Make Illinois Great Again" with a drawing of the school's former mascot Chief Illiniwek.
Pierogi festivals settle over trademark dispute
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana city that hosts an annual festival built around a popular Polish delicacy has reached a settlement in its trademark dispute with a rival festival in Pennsylvania.
Missouri brewing company wins lawsuit over trademark
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri-based brewery in a lawsuit alleging the company copied the name and can design of a Maine-based brewery's signature export ale.
U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ruled in favor of Columbia's Logboat Brewing Co. on Monday, the Columbia Missourian reported .
Designer Louboutin wins case on red soled high-heels
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark.
The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers representing nearly 200 Democrats in Congress plan to argue in federal court Thursday that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting foreign state favors without first seeking congressional approval.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts law professor is fighting a California company's trademark claim to the name Rapunzel.
Suffolk University's Rebecca Curtin is asking federal trademark officials to reject an application from United Trademark Holdings, saying the fairytale character belongs to the public.
The Beverly Hills company makes dolls and other toys based on children's stories. It applied for the rights to Rapunzel for dolls in November.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation's board have voted to pursue trademarks through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The board's executive committee on Tuesday voted to obtain trademarks for both "Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library" and "Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum," along with associated logos.
Board attorney Murray Sagsveen recommended getting the trademarks before someone outside the state decides to do so.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Ivanka Trump's brand continues to win foreign trademarks in China and the Philippines, adding to questions about conflicts of interest at the White House, The Associated Press has found.
HOUSTON (AP) — The popular Texas travel center chain Buc-ee's has won its federal lawsuit that accused a competitor's cartoon logo of an alligator licking its lips of being too similar to its own signature logo illustration of a beaver wearing a baseball cap.
Jurors in a Houston federal court deliberated about six hours before siding Tuesday with Buc-ee's in its suit against San Antonio-based Choke Canyon, a rest-stop chain specializing in barbecue.