Retail & E-Commerce

  • June 22, 2004

    European Union Rejects Community Trademark For Budweiser

    The European Union has rejected Anheuser-Busch’s 1996 “community trademark” application for its Budweiser brand, dealing the world’s largest brewer a setback in its century-old battle over the beer brand.

  • June 22, 2004

    Harrah's To Appeal Casino Patent Decision In Suit Vs. Station

    Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment plans to appeal a Nevada court’s decision to grant rival Station Casinos, Inc. motion for summary judgment in Harrah’s patent lawsuit over customer recognition technology.

  • June 21, 2004

    Congressman Accuses GOP's DeLay Of Meddling In Bacardi Trademark Suit

    A Texas Congressman has filed an official complaint with the House Committee on Standards and Ethics against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, with charges that include a bribe from Bacardi USA in exchange for pushing a bill that would help in the liquor maker’s trademark dispute.

  • June 17, 2004

    Energizer Countersues Gillette Over Diamond Coating Patents

    Energizer Holdings Inc. has filed a countersuit against Gillette Co. over four Gillette patents for diamond coating on razors.

  • June 17, 2004

    Gillette Withdraws Motion In German Patent Suit Vs. Schick

    Gillette Co. has withdrawn a motion for preliminary injunction against the manufacture and sale of Schick Wilkinson Sword’s Quattro and Intuition razors in Germany after a patent court indicated it would deny Gillette's request.

  • June 15, 2004

    Miller Drops Claim In Suit Vs. Anheuser-Busch

    Miller Brewing Co. has dropped part of its lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch Cos. over claims made in the fierce advertising war between the two rival breweries.

  • June 3, 2004

    Weight Watchers Sues Diet Companies Over Pop-Up Ads

    WeightWatchers has sued several competitors over trademark infringement for what the weight-loss giant calls unauthorized pop-up ads on its website.

  • May 27, 2004

    Ruling Favors Burlington In Louis Vuitton Trademark Suit

    A U.S. District Court has denied Louis Vuitton’s motion for a preliminary injunction to bar retail chain Burlington Coat Factory from selling a line of ladies handbags that Vuitton claimed infringed its trademarks.

  • May 25, 2004

    Nevada Judge Invalidates Harrah's Casino Patents

    A U.S. District Court Judge in Nevada has invalidated two of casino operator Harrah’s patents in its three-year-old patent lawsuit against rival Station Casinos.

  • May 19, 2004

    LG Electronics Sues Whirlpool Over Washer Patents

    Korean conglomerate LG Electronics Inc. has fired another legal volley in its patent battle with Whirlpool Corp., suing the U.S. rival for allegedly infringing LG's washing machine patents.

  • May 7, 2004

    Gillette Sues Sharper Image Over Razor Patent

    Gillette Co., already embroiled in litigation over razor technology with rivals Schick and Remington, has asked a federal judge to declare that its soon-to-be-launched vibrating razor handle does not infringe patents held by the Sharper Image Corp.

  • April 29, 2004

    EU Court Rejects Trademarks For 3D Shapes

    The European Court of Justice has rejected appeals by U.S. consumer-goods conglomerate Proctor & Gamble Co. and German counterpart Henkel to trademark the size, shape and color of their detergent tablets.

  • April 26, 2004

    Judge Orders Name Change For Barton Brands Bourbon

    A U.S. District Court Judge in Kentucky has ordered Barton Brands Ltd. to change the name of its Ridgewood Reserve 1792 bourbon, handing a victory to Brown-Forman Corp. in its trademark lawsuit against the rival liquor producer.

  • April 22, 2004

    Shoe Company Sues Designer Over Trademark

    A shoe company has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against a designer it says infringed on its trademarks and engaged in unfair trade practices.

  • April 23, 2004

    Colt Sues Rivals For Trademark Infringement In Dispute Over Guns

    Gun maker Colt Defense has sued rivals Bushmaster and Heckler & Koch for trademark infringement, claiming the two companies have copied its best-selling weapon.

  • April 21, 2004

    Mattel Wins Copyright Protection For Barbie's Facial Features

    Toymaker Mattel Inc. is entitled to copyright protection for the facial features of the Barbie doll, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined in a ruling that overturned a lower court’s decision.

  • April 16, 2004

    Abbott Unit Sues Hershey Over Low-Carb Trademark

    In the first significant trademark dispute in the fast-growing low-carb diet market, Abbott Laboratories’ ZonePerfect Nutrition Co. has filed a lawsuit against Hershey Foods, claiming that Hershey’s forthcoming “Smartzone” nutrition bar infringes on ZonePerfect's trademarks.

  • April 13, 2004

    Federal Circuit Reverses $46M Judgment Vs. Conair

    A federal appeals court has reversed a $46 million judgment against Conair awarded by a German engineer who claimed the company infringed on his patent for a technology to prevent electrocution from use of a hair dryer.

  • April 12, 2004

    Applica, Tilia Settle Suit Over Vacuum Sealing Technology

    Electronics makers Applica and Tilia have settled their litigation over patents for vacuum sealing in a deal under which Applica will pay royalties to use Tilia’s technology.

  • April 8, 2004

    RadioShack Sues Intertan To Terminate Trademark License

    Electronics retailer RadioShack has filed a lawsuit against Intertan, citing the "imminent danger of degradation" of its name and trademarks following Circuit City’s planned $284 million acquisition of the Canadian retailer.