What’s in a Name? Unicorn Latte vs. Unicorn Frappuccino

A rose by any other name may still be a rose, but what about a Unicorn Latte? Starbucks briefly sold a Unicorn Frappuccino for a few days in April. This was enough to become a defendant in a trademark infringement lawsuit, brought by Montauk Juice Company, owners of The End a juice shop in Brooklyn… Continue reading What’s in a Name? Unicorn Latte vs. Unicorn Frappuccino

Damages for Infringement of Design Patents – Supreme Court Clarifies Rules in Apple v. Samsung

Apple Inc. is known for the number of patents it owns. Apple doesn’t just own patents, it actively engages in enforcing its patents.  This includes a case against Samsung that has been winding its way through the courts for years, where Apple claims that Samsung infringed some of Apple’s iPhone patents.  This case reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and… Continue reading Damages for Infringement of Design Patents – Supreme Court Clarifies Rules in Apple v. Samsung

Bloggers Beware – Copyright Trolls on the Prowl

Certain large companies, including Getty Images , routinely send out demand letters claiming copyright infringement based on a one-time or accidental use of an image that Getty Images claims is protected by copyright.  However, the actual validity of alleged infringement is rarely, if ever, tested in court.  Getty Images seems to have perfected the “price… Continue reading Bloggers Beware – Copyright Trolls on the Prowl