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Really Tough Way to Lose a Lawsuit

In 2014, Christ Tavantzis and ChrisTrikes Custom Motorcycles, filed a complaint against a number of individuals and entities alleging infringement of his patent for a wheelchair-accessible motorcycle. After the complaint was filed, the U.S. District Court hearing the case received notice of Mr. Tavantzis' death. When no party moved to substitute the proper party to continue Mr. Tavantzis' claims, the court dismissed Mr. Tavantzis from the lawsuit, leaving his business, ChrisTrikes Custom Motorcycles, as the only remaining plaintiff.

Google Gets Permanent Injunction in SEO Firm Trademark Lawsuit

We guess everyone – or at least everyone who reads this blog – knows what “search engine optimization” is. If not, OK. It is a service that adds codes and links and other elements to a website to make it attractive to search engines. When you go to Google, and search for “patent enforcement,” it is not a coincidence that GeneralPatent.com pops up at the top of the page.

Attorney Has Really Bad Day!

Francis Malofiy, the attorney suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement for its rendition of “Stairway to Heaven,” is not likely to add this to his résumé. A three-judge panel ruled that his three-month suspension by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was warranted. And this comes after Mr. Malofiy had penalties imposed by the judge overseeing the copyright infringement case for “outrageous” and “unprofessional” behavior.

Former Bank CEO Cannot Sell His How-To Book

Just what we need. Another how-to book from a bank CEO. Well, it’s not going to happen. A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Commerce Bank founder Vernon Hill cannot continue to sell his book, “Fans Not Customers: How to Create Growth Companies in a No Growth World,” because it is based on material from a manuscript that is owned by TD Bank (the bank that bought Commerce Bank), so TD Bank now owns the copyright.

Mr. Hill’s next book will be on copyright infringement in a No Growth World.

New York Times Settles Lawsuit over Front-Page Images

The New York Times has reached a settlement with powerHouse Books over use of 64 of The Times front pages without the newspaper’s permission. It appears that powerHouse Books published a book, “War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictoral Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict,” without permission from the newspaper or obtaining a license for use of 64 images that belong to The Times.

Dish Network Picks Up $8.6 Million from Non-Subscribers

Dish Network has been busy. Not providing content, but suing infringers and defrauders in court. Just this month alone, the company raked in $8.6 million.

Bong Maker Is Awarded $2M for Trademark Infringement

Kaloud, a California-based manufacturer of hookahs, was just awarded $2 million in statutory damages by a U.S. District Court jury that found that a competitor of Kaloud had willfully infringed the company’s trademark, Lotus, by selling knockoff Lotus hookahs. A hookah (also known as a “sishas”) is a device that vaporizes tobacco or cannabis so it can be inhaled.

Three Retailers Settle “Honey Badger” Infringement Lawsuits

Christopher Gordon got his 15 minutes. When his YouTube video, "Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger," went viral, Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl's jumped on the Honey Badger bandwagon and started selling products based on the catch phrase “Honey Badger Don’t Care” on some of its merchandise. Mr. Gordon filed lawsuits against all three companies claiming both trademark and copyright infringement.

Arby's Will Drop Intoxicating Sales Pitch

Fast food icon Arby’s has announced that it will cease use of “Eat Your Bourbon” to market its new line of sandwiches that feature a bourbon-flavored sauce. This decision is the result of a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Bourbon Barrel Foods, claiming that Arby’s was infringing its trademark.

As far as we are concerned, “Eat Your Bourbon” is not very clever nor particularly appealing. If there were laws against bad marketing, we’d have filed charges.

Trademark Infringement Claim Does Not Make It to First Base

A U.S. District Court judge threw out a claim by Parks, the manufacturer of “Ball Park” hot dogs, that Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands infringed the “Ball Park” trademark by using the slogan “Park’s Finest” on a line of hot dogs. While the judge did dismiss the claim by granting Tyson Food’s and Hillshire Brand’s motion for summary judgement, it was a 1-0 game since the judge denied Tyson’s and Hillshire’s request for sanctions against Parks for filing a frivolous claim.