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Louis Vuitton Dodges Trademark Infringement Claim

A U.S. District Court judge tossed out a trademark lawsuit against international fashion house Louis Vuitton claiming that it copied the design of LVL XII, a small, luxury sneaker designer and manufacturer. It all came down to a strip of metal that both companies attach to the front of the sole of their sneakers that are called “toe places.”

The case never even went to a jury. The judge ruled that there was no infringement and dismissed the case. Here are the two sneakers.

Another Nasty Fight over a Blonde

Eel River Brewing, a craft beer brewer, claims that is has exclusive rights to “California Blonde.” As far as beer goes, that is. Not anything else related to blondes from California or elsewhere. It appears that a competing craft beer brewer, Duck Foot, is calling its suds "California Blonde.” So Eel River filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Duck Foot.

Really? You Are the Inventor of Post-it Notes? Really?

What was the movie in which the two girls return to their high school reunion and claim they are the inventors of the Post-it® Note? It seems that one Alan Amron filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against 3M, claiming that he is the true inventor of the Post-it note. The case was dismissed because Mr. Amron filed a similar lawsuit that was settled 20 years ago. And, he is not the inventor.

Pinnacle Drops Trademark Claim against Kraft Heinz

Pinnacle Foods Group – which owns Birdseye frozen foods, Vlasic pickles and a few other brands – has dropped a lawsuit accusing food giant Kraft Heinz of purloining the “Satisfy Your Craving” slogan that Pinnacle uses for its Hungry-Man® frozen meals. Kraft Heinz was using the near identical “Satisfy Your Cravings” slogan to help launch its Devour (good name!) brand of frozen meals.

Rapper Must Cease Use of Burberry Name, Pattern and Logo

Back in 1856, Thomas Burberry established the Burberry brand when he began selling women’s luxury clothing and accessories. Today, Burberry Group Inc. is a multi-million dollar, multi-national corporation with over 10,000 employees and a strong, luxury brand that includes eyeglasses and cosmetics. Burberry promotes a checked pattern that is popular in carpeting and is referred to as "Burberry". The company has an equestrian logo that is prominently marked with a “®” to show it is a registered trademark.

Welcome to the Hotel California. Err Chicago

The property located at 333 North Dearborn began its life as the House of Blue Hotels. No, we are not kidding. It later was renamed the Hotel Sax. No, we are not kidding. In 2014 it became the Hotel Chicago. That is until Joe Perillo, a Chicago car dealer and entrepreneur, opened a hotel at 1622 West Jackson that he also calls the Hotel Chicago. Not surprisingly, he is now facing a trademark infringement lawsuit by the owners of the original Hotel Chicago.

Attorney Gets $4.6 Million for Overturning “Happy Birthday” Copyright

Earlier this year, the song “Happy Birthday to You” lost its copyright protection. Attorney Mark Rifkin represented a class action lawsuit against Warner/Chappell Music (formed in 1929 with a merger of Chappell Brothers and Warner Brothers, the movie studio) claiming that the song was not entitled to the Copyright that Warner/Chappell had on the song.

Warner/Chappell lost, and lost big – to the tune of $14 million. It appears that Mark Rifkin, Esq., however, did pretty well. The court just awarded him $4.6 million for his services.

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 infringed 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 General Patent Corporation 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 to 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.