T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

T-Mobile Wins Legal Battle Against AT&T Subsidiary Over The Color Magenta

Last summer, T-Mobile sued Aio Wireless, a prepaid service subsidiary of AT&T for trademark infringement for daring to use a color that is somewhat similar to T-Mobile’s well-known pink logos. An actual judge who gets paid to rule on such things has decided that Aio would have to stop using the similar color. [More]

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Brewpub Shows Starbucks “The F Word” After Legal Demand To Stop Selling “Frappicino” Beer

Still stinging from yet another legal defeat against a small New Hampshire coffee company over the “Charbucks” brand, the Starbucks legal team appears to be going after lower-hanging fruit, sending a cease-and-desist letter to a small Missouri brewpub that dared to sell something called Frappicino beer. [More]

Black Bear has been fighting the legal battle with Starbucks over the Charbucks name for more than a decade.

Starbucks Once Again Fails To Stop New Hampshire Company From Selling ‘Charbucks’ Coffee

It’s been a couple years since we last heard about the Starbucks v. Charbucks legal battle, pitting the Seattle coffee colossus against Black Bear Micro Roastery, a family-owned operation out of New Hampshire. At the time, a federal court had shot down Starbucks’ claim of trademark dilution, but that didn’t stop the company from appealing… only to lose in court again this week. [More]

Exxon Sues FXX To Protect Its Good Name From Being Associated With Basic Cable

Exxon Sues FXX To Protect Its Good Name From Being Associated With Basic Cable

There are plenty of reasons to poke fun at Twentieth Century Fox’s new, completely unnecessary FXX network, but it’s unfair to pick on a channel that only has a single decent show (which had to be imported from FX). That hasn’t stopped ExxonMobil from taking a break from profiteering and polluting to sue Fox and FXX for having the gall to make a seemingly obvious logo design choice when presented with two consecutive Xs. [More]

A comparison used by T-Mobile in its case against Aio. At top left is a coverage map Aio had used in stores. Top left is T-Mobile's coverage map from its website. The bottom map is how Aio previously detailed its coverage on the Aio website; that map has since been changed to use a different color scheme.

T-Mobile Sues AT&T Subsidiary Over Its Use Of Magenta

Chances are you probably don’t even know about AT&T’s Aio Wireless prepaid service, as it’s currently only available in a handful of markets. But the folks at T-Mobile have sued the subsidiary now before the world gets confused by two phone companies that use similar colors. [More]

Joan Jett Sues Hot Topic Over “Blackheart” Trademark

Joan Jett Sues Hot Topic Over “Blackheart” Trademark

I don’t shop at Hot Topic because I’m not a teenage girl, but I’ve heard that the stores exist. But I am old enough to remember Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the height of their fame in the early ’80s. But now two generations are colliding in a mess of tee shirts, push-up bras, and nail polish as the rock star’s record label sues the retailer over the Blackheart brand. [More]

The West Sixth Logo (minus the company name) is on the left; Magic Hat #9 on the right.

Magic Hat Sues Kentucky Brewer Over Its Logo

Most of our stories about trademark disputes — especially when it comes to anything that even vaguely sounds like the word “monster” — involve companies in two completely different industries, like energy drinks vs. fish tanks, or that same beverage vs. an independent movie, or audio cables vs. deer licks. But what about when that trademark to-do is between two beer companies? [More]

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Starbucks Asks Starbarks Dog Daycare To Please Change Its Name

Starbarks, a dog daycare facility in Illinois is feeling the legal heat from coffee colossus Starbucks, which doesn’t see much humor in the smaller business’s name or logo. [More]

Judge Gives Louis Vuitton Lesson In Film Comedy 101 In Dismissing ‘Hangover 2′ Lawsuit

Judge Gives Louis Vuitton Lesson In Film Comedy 101 In Dismissing ‘Hangover 2′ Lawsuit

The folks at monogram-loving handbag company Louis Vuitton are not famous for their sense of humor, especially when it comes to their oft-copied designs. And they certainly didn’t see what was so funny about a scene in Hangover 2 featuring a character carrying knock-off Louis Vuitton bags through the airport. Luckily, there’s a judge out there who understands comedy — and is willing to explain it, footnotes and all. [More]

Small New Hampshire Coffee Roaster Wins Legal Victory Over "Charbucks" Name

Small New Hampshire Coffee Roaster Wins Legal Victory Over "Charbucks" Name

Since August of 1997, the folks at the Black Bear Mico Roastery in New Hampshire have been slinging pebbles at coffee colossus Starbucks over the smaller company’s “Charbucks” blend. And in spite of court rulings in favor of the little guy, Daddy Starbucks has continued to fight. But last week, a U.S. District Court in New York may have shut the door on the Seattle java slinger’s attempts to rid the world of Charbucks. [More]

Chick-Fil-A Threatens Legal Action Against T-Shirt Maker For Encouraging Eating Of Kale

Chick-Fil-A Threatens Legal Action Against T-Shirt Maker For Encouraging Eating Of Kale

If you’ve lived anywhere near a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you’re probably familiar with the billboards and other ads featuring cows and their hoof-painted signs encouraging you to “eat mor chikin,” a phrase that’s been trademarked by the fast food company. But heaven forbid you use those words in their correct formats to promote the eating of something other than Chick-fil-A. [More]

McDonald's In Legal Battle With Houston Mac & Cheese Restaurant Over The Word "Mac"

McDonald's In Legal Battle With Houston Mac & Cheese Restaurant Over The Word "Mac"

A Houston-area gourmet macaroni and cheese eatery is involved in a trademark battle with fast food behemoth Big Mac because it dared to use the word “mac” in the restaurant’s name. [More]

Florida Restaurant Sues Wendy's Over "You Can't Fake Fresh" Slogan

Florida Restaurant Sues Wendy's Over "You Can't Fake Fresh" Slogan

Many of the trademark infringement stories we cover involve mammoth corporations picking on smaller, unrelated businesses, but this one’s a bit different. A small chain of seafood restaurants in Florida has filed a $2 million lawsuit against Wendy’s over the use of the phrase “You can’t fake fresh.” [More]

Judge Allows Amazon To Keep Using Appstore Name For Now

Judge Allows Amazon To Keep Using Appstore Name For Now

The legal war between Apple and Amazon over the term “App Store” continues, but a judge has handed the most recent battle to the e-tailer, denying Apple’s request for a preliminary injunction against Amazon’s online Appstore. [More]

Judge: Apple's "App Store" Suit Against Amazon Will Probably Fail

Judge: Apple's "App Store" Suit Against Amazon Will Probably Fail

It looks like Steve Jobs may have found his Waterloo in his war to defend Apple’s application to trademark the phrase “App Store.” A federal judge has advised the company that it will likely lose its lawsuit against Amazon.com over the e-tailer’s Appstore. [More]

Apple Slaps Open Source Start-Up With Cease & Desist Over "App Store"

Apple Slaps Open Source Start-Up With Cease & Desist Over "App Store"

Apple’s untiring defense of its application to trademark the phrase “App Store” continues. But this time, the Cupertino Crew isn’t squabbling with Microsoft or suing Amazon. No, Apple is going after a small start-up software company you may have never heard about. [More]

Newegg Respectfully Disagrees With Best Buy's Claims To "Geek" Trademark

Newegg Respectfully Disagrees With Best Buy's Claims To "Geek" Trademark

Last week, we told you about Best Buy sending a cease and desist letter to Newegg.com over its use of the word “geek” on shirts and other marketing materials and Newegg’s ad featuring someone that looks like a Best Buy employee. Well, over the weekend, Newegg posted its response to big blue’s allegations. [More]

Best Buy Issues Cease & Desist Over Newegg.com's Use Of The Word "Geek"

Best Buy Issues Cease & Desist Over Newegg.com's Use Of The Word "Geek"

The folks at Best Buy are none too happy with electronics e-tailer Newegg.com. The boys in blue believe that their online competitor stepped over a trademarked line by using the word “geek” and by making fun of inept Best Buy staffers in a TV ad. [More]