Donna Rosser at the Barefoot Photography Blog has an interesting post about her difficulties in enforcing her registered trademark rights on the Internet. Her problems are similar to the problems that many small business owners face when protecting their intellectual property rights on the web. She rightly recognizes the importance of documenting any infringing actions, as well as the importance of taking swift action to protect your rights.
The Indiana Christian Chamber of Commerce has changed its name after being threatened with a trademark infringement suit. It is now called the Christian Professional Chamber.
Bloomberg is reporting that American Airlines has dropped a trademark infringement lawsuit against Google over the use of its marks in metatags. Google allowed competitors to bid on American Airlines’ marks to trigger competitors’ ads when searchers typed one of American Airlines’ marks into the search engine.
The maker of an iPhone baseball application has been threatened with a trademark infringement lawsuit by the Major League Baseball Association. The baseball stats application uses the logos of the MLB’s teams in its GUI displays. The owner of the software company that makes the program has said that he will voluntarily remove the logos.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting blog post referring to a recent front page article on trademark licensing problems. It appears that costumed entertainers are having a hard time convincing children's media companies to license them the rights to their characters for use in birthday party costumes. Companies have been hesitant to license the trademarked characters because they make use the characters in their own theme parks, ice rink shows, and other forms of live entertainment.
In a battle that pits two of the largest shoe manufacturers in the United States against each other, Crocs is suing Sketchers for patent and trade dress infringement for Sketchers' alleged copying of Crocs' famous shoe design and trademarked crocodile.