Trademark

Trademark board rules against Redskins name

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.
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Attorney sues hundreds over use of Indy skyline photo

April 9, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Attorney Richard Bell says he has found about 300 people using a photo on their websites that he took back in 2000. His aggressive litigation against them raises vital questions about fair use and theft in the Internet age.
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NFL harpoons Pendleton man's trademark application

January 28, 2013
Bloomberg News
Thinking that brothers Jim and John Harbaugh might go head to head in this year's Super Bowl, Roy Fox last year filed applications to register “Harbowl” and “Harbaugh Bowl” as U.S. trademarks.
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Legal fight fuels tensions in tight-knit tech worldRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Chris O'Malley
A trademark-infringement case brought against App Press LLC threatens to smother the tech startup in legal fees before it reaches its potential.
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Angie's List accuses competitor of deceptive ads

June 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Angie’s List Inc. alleges its trademarked name is being misused by a Colorado competitor to intercept people conducting Google searches for the Indianapolis-based contractor-ratings service.
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Australian Gold sues to protect product name

April 11, 2012
J.K. Wall
Australian Gold LLC, the tanning salon products company led by Steve and Tomisue Hilbert, is in a trademark dispute with a Boston-based online retailer over the trade name Rue La La.
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Klipsch wins restraining order vs. alleged counterfeiters

January 11, 2012
The order enables the Indianapolis speaker maker to disable the websites where the suspected knockoffs are sold and allows it to restrain the funds of the accused.
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Lilly files suit over flea medication sales from Australia

November 11, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical firm claims an Australian veterinary clinic is infringing on its Comfortis flea medication's trademark by reselling it to U.S. consumers online.
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Shelbyville manufacturer takes on big name in tumblers

July 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Shelbyville manufacturer is seeking to cancel a trademark held by Tervis Tumbler Co., which built a $75 million business around making double-walled plastic cups.
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Judge whacks claim that games infringe on Dillinger name

June 17, 2011
Cory Schouten
A federal judge has shot down a lawsuit brought by heirs of notorious bank robber John Dillinger over the depiction of the Dillinger name in video games based on the classic movie "The Godfather."
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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ChaCha sues Taiwanese company for trademark infringement

February 25, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Carmel-based ChaCha Search Inc., operator of an online question-and-answer site, sued Taiwanese company HTC Corp. for trademark infringement over the planned introduction of a smartphone called the ChaCha.
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Fundex settles trademark suit with game inventor

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Fundex Games Ltd. has given up its rights to the game Chronology to settle a suit brought last March by local inventor Jane Ruemmele.
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Phase 10 inventor folds in dispute over top-selling card game

November 22, 2010
Cory Schouten
The inventor of the world's second-best-selling card game has settled a lawsuit with Fundex Games, the Plainfield company that markets and distributes Phase 10.
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Famous handbag maker hits local retailers with lawsuits

March 31, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
In an effort to crack down on knockoffs, famous handbag designer Coach Inc. has hit at least three local retailers with trademark-infringement lawsuits.
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Local attorney sues Fundex over game royalties

March 29, 2010
A local lawyer who created the game "Chronology" alleges breach of contract, trademark infringement, use of a counterfeit mark, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trademark dilution and forgery.
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NCAA plans to battle counterfeiters during the men's Final Four

February 27, 2010
Scott Olson
A National Collegiate Athletic Association posse will be supplemented by local police officers in search of unlicensed T-shirts and other memorabilia.
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Intellectual property practices in law firms recovering from recessionRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Norm Heikens
Practices are beginning to thaw along with other areas of the economy.
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Businesses walk fine line when supporting Colts

February 5, 2010
Scott Olson
As Super Bowl approaches, companies unaffiliated with the Colts avoid becoming victims of the NFL's strict trademark-enforcement policies by supporting the team in generic fashion.
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Real estate lawsuit pits Situs vs. Situs

December 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Texas real estate consultancy sues local brokerage over rights to name they both share.
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'Godfather' game-maker sued over 'Dillinger Tommy Gun'

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Mooresville-based company that owns John Dillinger’s publicity rights has made an “offer” of sorts that the Godfather can’t refuse.
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Dueling Franklins iron out trademark dispute

July 21, 2009
J.K. Wall
Indiana-based Franklin College and Ohio-based Franklin University resolved their legal case last night, with Franklin University agreeing to take specific steps in its advertisements to distinguish itself from Franklin College.
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Indiana firms lash out against patent proposalRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Michael W.
Four Indiana businesses have joined more than 100 major companies in an open letter to President Barack Obama, outlining what they believe are weaknesses of patent reform legislation now before Congress and voicing concern about its potential economic impact.
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NCAA dominates ownership of such familiar terms as 'March Madness,' 'Sweet Sixteen,' 'Elite Eight,' 'Final Four'Restricted Content

March 16, 2009
Dan Boots
Most intellectual property rights to catchy basketball trademarks belong to the NCAA.
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Lawsuit shouldn't spook artists, attorneys sayRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Rebecca Berfanger
The legal tussle between artist, Associated Press raises doubts about artists' drawing inspiration from the work of their peers.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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