From the cease-and-desist letter sent by Ansel's lawyer to the Reno bakery. (via Facebook)

Bakery That Never Used The Word “Cronut” Told To Stop Using The Word “Cronut”

While NYC pastry chef Dominique Ansel may have trademarked the word “cronut” to describe the cross-breeding of a croissant and a donut, he’s certainly not the only person to have made or sold them. Now his lawyers are sending cease-and-desist notices to bakers to get them to stop calling their creations “cronuts,” even if they’ve never used the word on their menus. [More]

PODS Awarded $62M In Trademark Infringement Suit Against U-Haul

PODS Awarded $62M In Trademark Infringement Suit Against U-Haul

What’s in a name? Well, if that name happens to be PODS about $62 million. That’s how much the storage and moving company was awarded in damages from a trademark infringement lawsuit against U-Haul. [More]

Trader Joe’s Loses Lawsuit Against Canadian Reseller Pirate Joe’s

Trader Joe’s Loses Lawsuit Against Canadian Reseller Pirate Joe’s

Pirate Joe’s is a small retail store in Vancouver that sells only one line of merchandise: stuff purchased from Trader Joe’s and trucked across the border. People in Vancouver love Trader Joe’s, see, but the chain has no Canadian stores. Pirate Joe’s fills in the gaps for customers who don’t want to travel across the border but who really want pecan praline granola and chocolate-covered potato chips. [More]

Sears Sues Maker Of Sex-Enhancement Spray Over "DieHard" Name

Sears Sues Maker Of Sex-Enhancement Spray Over "DieHard" Name

For decades, Sears has been using the trademarked brand name “DieHard” on its car batteries and auto parts. Now the retail relic has filed a trademark infringement suit against a company that makes a sexual enhancement spray under the same name. [More]

Casey's General Stores Sues Subway Over "Footlong" Exclusivity Claim

Casey's General Stores Sues Subway Over "Footlong" Exclusivity Claim

Last spring, we wrote about Subway sending out cease-and-desist letters to sandwich shops that dared to use the term “footlong.” Now, Casey’s General Stores, a regional convenience store chain, has thrown down the gauntlet, challenging the fast food Goliath’s claim to exclusivity on the word. [More]

Nintendo Wants To Trademark "It's On Like Donkey Kong"

Nintendo Wants To Trademark "It's On Like Donkey Kong"

Even though people have been using the phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong” for two decades, Nintendo has just gotten around to filing a request with the Patent and Trademark office to slap a little “TM” on those words. [More]

Dodgers Forget They Left Brooklyn In 1957, File Complaint
Against Brooklyn Burger Over Logo

Dodgers Forget They Left Brooklyn In 1957, File Complaint Against Brooklyn Burger Over Logo

Fifty-three years ago, the Dodgers told the borough of Brooklyn to shove it up its nose with a rubber hose and lit out for the warmer climes of Los Angeles. Now they’ve returned — well, at least their lawyers have — to file a trademark infringement complaint against a local burger company for daring to use a similar font and the word “Brooklyn.” [More]

IHOP Sues IHOP Over IHOP Trademark

IHOP Sues IHOP Over IHOP Trademark

It’s a battle of biblical proportions as one IHOP — better known as the International House of Pancakes — fights another IHOP — the International House of Prayer — over the use of those four famous letters. [More]

George Lucas Says Your Actual Laser Looks Too Much Like Lightsaber

George Lucas Says Your Actual Laser Looks Too Much Like Lightsaber

So apparently a lightsaber isn’t a laser, it’s a “blade of pure plasma energy emitted from the hilt and suspended in a force containment field,” but whatever, George Lucas says Wicked Lasers, based in Hong Kong, is violating LucasFilm’s trademark by selling lasers that look like lightsabers. [More]

NY Times Threatens Neighborhoodies' Hosting Company Over Herald Tribune Logo

NY Times Threatens Neighborhoodies' Hosting Company Over Herald Tribune Logo

On Thursday, we wrote about the NY Times Company threatening to sue custom-apparel company Neighborhoodies over its use of the logo for the long-dead New York Herald Tribune newspaper. And now that the ‘hoodies have made it clear that they have no intent on complying with the Times’ cease-and-desist order, the media giant has made an end-run around the shirt sellers, threatening legal action against the company that hosts Neighborhoodies’ site. [More]

NY Times Threatens Suit Over Logo For Dead Newspaper

NY Times Threatens Suit Over Logo For Dead Newspaper

The New York Herald Tribune hasn’t been published since the late ’60s and it would likely not be remembered by most were it not for the now-iconic image of original manic pixie dream girl Jean Seberg attempting to sell copies of the paper on the streets of Paris in the 1960 film Breathless (or À bout de souffle for those who insist on such things). Regardless, the New York Times company apparently has a pending trademark on the logo and will sue you if you try to use it. [More]

Subway's Lawyers Tell Rest Of World To Stop Selling "Footlong" Sandwiches

Subway's Lawyers Tell Rest Of World To Stop Selling "Footlong" Sandwiches

Subway has been sending legal letters to sandwich places informing them that Subway “has applied for the trademark FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches,” and instructing them to stop calling their sandwiches “footlongs” or else. [More]

Burger King Threatens To Sue Small NZ Burger Place Over "Whopper"

Burger King Threatens To Sue Small NZ Burger Place Over "Whopper"

A burger place in Nelson, NZ called “Seabreeze City Takeaways,” had a burger on their menu called the “whopper,” for 12 years before someone told Burger King, and now the chain is threatening to sue. [More]

McDonald's McObjects To You Calling Your Event "McFest"

McDonald's McObjects To You Calling Your Event "McFest"

McDonald’s has nothing better to do than sue a 19 year old whose last name, McClusky, was the inspiration for the name of an event she puts on to raise money for the Chicago chapter of Special Olympics. The event is called McFest, and it has raised $30,000. Trouble is, McClusky has now spent $5,000 of it defending herself against McDonald’s legal assault. [More]

Google Names Phone After Blade Runner, Irritates Copyright Holder

Google Names Phone After Blade Runner, Irritates Copyright Holder

Phillip K. Dick wrote a book called “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” which is too long to put in the title of this post, but was adapted into the film Blade Runner (which is awesome.) In this book, the android model in question is called the “Nexus-6.” Google’s phone, which runs an operating system called “Android” is called the “Nexus One.” This has pissed off Phillip K. Dick’s daughter. [More]

More Ways To Buy A Non-Apple Mac OS X Computer

More Ways To Buy A Non-Apple Mac OS X Computer

Since last year, a small company called Psystar has been selling Mac clones that, in some cases, are more powerful than Apple’s own computers in the same price range. Now, the company has hit on another way to spread the OS X love: It will begin licensing its software to other companies that want to build and sell ersatz Macs. There are just a couple of problems that potential buyers might want to be aware of: Apple hasn’t given Psystar permission to do this, and is in the process of suing the company for copyright infringement. Oh, and Psystar is also in Chapter 11.

The North Face Thinks You Might Confuse Them With "The South Butt"

The North Face Thinks You Might Confuse Them With "The South Butt"

Is The North Face‘s near total overpriced puffy jacket dominance threatened by an 18-year-old college student who sells parody t-shirts, fleece jackets and shorts? Apparently!