SanDisk Corporation was awarded $28.5 million in damages from PNY Technologies over an alleged breach in a license agreement. PNY was said to owe SanDisk the appropriate amount owed concerning the right to license SanDisk's intellectual property.
Entrepreneurs may not believe that they have anything worth protecting when they start a new business venture. However, even items such as the name of the company or the name of its product might need protection. This is because the name of the company and its products are often used as the cornerstone of its brand.
Computer and electronic device manufacturers in Denver, Colorado, and elsewhere are keeping an eye on a federal courthouse on the West Coast. The courthouse is the site of a patent infringement claim by a Colorado company against Apple that could have far-reaching international business law implications. The focus of the litigation is the technology behind Apple's Siri feature on its iPhone and other devices. The lawsuit includes claims against manufacturers of products that employ the Siri and Google Voice Search features.
Denver Starbucks coffee aficionados won't be confused by New Hampshire-based Black Bear Roastery's 'Mr. Charbucks' blend of dark roast coffee, according to the ruling by a three judge panel of the New York Appeals Court. The Court upheld a previous finding by U.S. District Court in 2011 that the use of the name 'Charbucks" was not a trademark infringement of the well-known Starbucks coffee brand in a trademark dispute that began in 2001.
Colorado readers may be interested in the result of a lawsuit between Google and a group of book authors and publishers over the scanning of millions of books. Though the court found for Google, an appeal of the decision is expected.
A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, outlines some factors that may be considered by courts in matters involving certainintellectual propertyrights. As internet advertising becomes more commonplace and competitive, courts are increasingly being asked to rule on trademark and service mark violations involving search engine and other advertising methods.
In 2008, the U.S. began negotiating with 11 other countries with the goal of producing a free trade agreement. The 12-party discussion regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement recently entered its 19th round. According to one source, the U.S. should push to include intellectual property rights on the agenda of the meetings.
More and more business owners in Colorado may be faced with protecting certain ideas, solutions or products that are crucial to the success of a company. These concepts are collectively referred to as intellectual property. State and federal laws are in place to grant rights to business owners to effectively protect these creations, but there are many times when other parties infringe on these rights by using intellectual property unlawfully.
We often use this blog to discuss some of the challenges that Colorado entrepreneurs face when it comes to protecting their business. One of the ways in which this can be accomplished is by patenting a specific product, process or solution. Patents and other types of intellectual properties can give rights to or ownership of an invention to one party. Patenting an invention means that it becomes publicly disclosed information, but no one else has the rights to use the patented material without permission.
Many companies have products or services that they wish to trademark in order to identify themselves as the source of the material. Business owners want consumers to have certain expectations of a product met when they purchase or use something that has been trademarked by a company. Protecting proprietary rights by applying to trademark something can be a huge benefit to companies, but it must be done so effectively, lawfully and responsibly.