is a party-style board game that recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign. Yesterday Quinn & Sherry, the publishers of Things...
, sent a cease and desist order
to the makers of Terrible Things demanding that the game's title be changed.
"Is your position that any board game published with "Things" in the title infringes on Quinn & Sherry's trademark?"
Their answer was a simple "Yes." [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Who owns the term "app store"? Apple wants to
, but Amazon
, among others, think it is generic. Will Steve Jobs's own words
come to haunt him? In any case, the first casualty of the fight between giants seems to be Amahi
, a small open-source media server. [more inside]
posted by kmz
on Jun 22, 2011 -
When you receive your Logonom logo, you’re not just opening a symbol, a brand or a small representation of you, you’re also opening peace of mind. And that’s something we’ve worked hard for 113 years to pack into each and every box.
posted by Terminal Verbosity
on Dec 3, 2010 -
As a followup
to this post about Sew Fast, Sew Easy's cease and desist orders for using the phrase "Stitch and Bitch" et.al. to a variety of merchants, Yahoo groups, and knitting groups, it seems that a boycott
movement is gaining momentum. They also have a CafePress store
to support the cause. Additionally, I think SFSE may have underestimated the enormous growth in knitting blogs
and how quickly they band together
when given a cause.
posted by like_neon
on Jan 24, 2006 -
THE COLOUR PURPLE
[is a] Cadbury Limited trademark...
The color Blue
is a Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company
The color YELLOW™
is a trademark of Mr.LongArm, Inc.
[T]he color PINK
, and other trademarks identified with a ® in these documents are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technology Inc.
The color canary yellow
is a trademark of 3M.
The color orange
is a trademark of Dandy Products, Inc.
The color green
is A trademark of Sullair Corporation.
posted by grouse
on Sep 21, 2005 -
Marvel Comics sues NCsoft and Cryptic Studios,
the makers of the online game City of Heroes
for player created content they feel infringes on their copyright. If Marvel wins the case, all game developers can expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their players. This case covers similar ground to the proposed Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act
, which is before a Senate Judiciary Committee. Introduced to crack down on illegal file sharing on peer-to-peer networks, the bill would hold technology companies liable for manufacturing products that encourage people to infringe copyrights. The language of the bill caused an uproar
among technology and consumer advocates who claimed it would kill innovation. If successful in their lawsuit, would Marvel be able to sue the makers of pens and pencils
for producing products that allow people to create pictures of copyrighted characters?
posted by Stuart_R
on Nov 16, 2004 -
Free The Mouse [Literally this time] This Story
from FL says Walt Disney Co. officials have until July 30 to decide whether to challenge the Genesee District Library's mascot for an alleged similarity to Mickey Mouse.
Last summer, the library submitted a trademark registry request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for "Book Mouse," a blue, large-eared rodent wearing red-rimmed glasses and a backpack. Book Mouse appears on bumper stickers and in coloring books, and even marches in local parades.
Library attorney Patric Parker said "I don't think we cut into their movie profits this last year."
posted by Blake
on Jun 22, 2002 -
The War over Red Star Records...
Around since 1977, Red Star Records has released albums by Suicide and the Real Kids along with Richard Hell and the New York Dolls. Now, Heineken has formed its own Red Star Records and is trying to trademark the name, which, if successful would give the beer company more legal right to the name than the original label. Who's going to win this trademark battle? [link via rockbites]
posted by drezdn
on Apr 25, 2002 -
Judge tells Mickey D's to McForget about it.
Chinese guy in England has audacity to name his restaurant McChina's Wok Out. Mickey D's says we own the rights to everything that begins with a Mc. Don't you just love a story where McDonalds is told to go Mcfuck themselves?
posted by MAYORBOB
on Nov 27, 2001 -
Apparently wildcard DNS is a trademark violation now.
Yahoo is suing the owner of the sex.com
domain, because the latter uses wildcard DNS. This means that if you type "yahoo.sex.com" (or "anything.sex.com", for that matter) in your browser, you get taken to sex.com's main site. Yahoo is suing because that it could cause the public to mistakenly believe that the sex site "is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo," and therefore constitutes trademark infringement.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Aug 24, 2001 -
Domain name game to get hot this summer... Kent Jordan, who represented .info registry Afilias, said the process has been challenged by people who believe that trademark holders should not have first crack at domain names containing their names. "We reject that," he told the audience.
posted by canoeguide
on May 8, 2001 -
Despair, INC. Secures official trademark registration for ":-(", announces plans to sue millions for trademark infringement.
posted by Hackworth
on Jan 26, 2001 -
Just what the church needs...
More excellent publicity. Two churches using the quarters that Catholic schoolchildren put in the collection plate to have a legal pissing contest over who has the right to use the name of a woman who spent her entire life trying to feed poor people one cup of rice at a time. I wonder how much rice each of those quarters would buy?
posted by Skylark
on Aug 19, 2000 -
James Gleick, chaos researcher and all-around smart guy, has written a very nice piece for the New York Times Magazine about the current spate of stupidity at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Most important, in my view, is that unlike the John Perry Barlow piece
we discussed earlier, the Gleick piece got national press... which is far more important than we geeks think...
posted by baylink
on Jun 5, 2000 -