We take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very happy and healthy new year!
This is a great article (for lack of a better word) about the best and worst products of 2007.
The newest creation from the Heart Attack Grill in Tempe, Ariz., features 2 pounds of beef, 12 slices of bacon, and 4 layers of cheese. But it’s not the 8,000 calories that we really have a problem with.
A close second: Windows Vista.
2005 winner of the television show "Hell’s Kitchen" is now facing a trademark lawsuit by one of the world’s largest recording labels.
Chef Terry Miller shot to fame on television series Hell’s Kitchen, when he won praise for his signature dish named Rockafella.
The prawn and mash creation then inspired the name of the Newcastle restaurant he opened after winning the competition.
UMG Recordings Inc, which owns the Roc-a-Fella’s record label and whose artists include Elton John, U2 and rapper Kanye West, are objecting to Terry registering Rockafella as a trademark to protect the restaurant’s name.
If a legal battle goes ahead it could result in a hearing in London next year.
You can read the entire story here.
In an effort to reduce costs to companies and promote innovation, Japan is considering reducing fees for trademark and patent filings.
If the plans are realized, fees for patent applications and maintenance would be cut by 12 pct on average, and trademark fees would be reduced by 43 pct, according to the officials.
The total cost of holding a trademark for 10 years, including the application and registration fees, is estimated to fall to 70,000 yen from 130,000 yen.
Following Teva Pharmaceuticals USA’s announcement that it would launch a pantoprazole tablet, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth, said that it would pursue a patent infringement claim for lost profits and other damages against Teva.
After Sega fans began speculating that Sega’s recently refiled U.S. trademark application for DREAMCAST signaled a relaunch of Sega’s DreamCast video game console. [Sega had exited the console market and has been developing games for other gaming consoles.] In order to set the record straight, Sega of America’s PR director Charlie Scibetta, explains that his company’s re-filing of the Dreamcast trademark was simply to ensure that it maintained control over it:
SEGA has no plans to get back into the hardware business, but we also want to protect our past and current brands. The trademark application was filed to protect our current and potential future use of the word DREAMCAST and to prevent other parties from using it in a way that could be confused or linked with SEGA.
Its new application covers, among other things, “home video game machines; player-operated electronic controllers for electronic video game machines; video game interactive controller, namely, hand held pads, and floor pads or mats; joysticks for video games; computer cursor control devices, namely, computer mouse; flash memory cards”. Of course, in its application, Sega declared that “Applicant has a bona fide intention to use the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods and/or services”. Mr. Scibetta’s comments clarifying the filing would seem to contradict the bona fide intention to use the mark in commerce.
Sometimes it is important to check with the trademark department before issuing public statements concerning trademarks.
The California Milk Processor Board takes issue with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (“PETA”) new campaign. One of PETA’s current campaigns asks, “Got Pus? Milk Does.” to draw attention to what it says are dangerous levels of somatic cells — pus — in much of the milk sold in this country. The pus gets there because of an udder infection called mastitis that can inflict cows raised for their milk, according to PETA.
In response to the Board’s cease and desist letter, PETA intends to respond, “Your client cannot seriously contend that an appreciable number of consumers who see a T-shirt bearing the ‘Got Pus? Milk Does’ slogan would be confused into thinking that your client is the source of the T-shirt, attempting to sell milk by letting the public know that when they drink milk they are also consuming pus.”