trademarks

  • TrademarkVision uses machine learning to make finding logos as easy as a reverse image search

    TrademarkVision uses machine learning to make finding logos as easy as a reverse image search

    A company’s logo is an important part of its identity, but the process behind defining, registering and protecting these trademarks is a convoluted and rather archaic one. A startup called TrademarkVision aims to simplify that with what amounts to a machine-learning-powered reverse image search. This isn’t in some lab, either: The EU just switched their whole image trademark… Read More

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • Intellectual property strategies for startups Crunch Network

    Intellectual property strategies for startups

    Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Read More

  • New Trademarkia Feature Exposes Biggest Trademark Bullies; Apple, Zynga Among Top Five

    New Trademarkia Feature Exposes Biggest Trademark Bullies; Apple, Zynga Among Top Five

    For a long time, it was easy to search for patents on the Web, but trademarks? Not so much. Thanks to startups like TechCrunch 50 grad Trademarkia, anyone can now do a simple keyword search and pick through each and every U.S. trademark filed since 1870 — if your heart so desires, of course. Read More

  • Should Nintendo do anything to help out the makers of the Weemote?

    Does Nintendo owe Fobis Technologies, maker of the Weemote, anything? Did it infringe upon the tiny Florida-based company’s trademark? Donna wants to know. Well, Time wants to know. The Weemote, which as we’ve mentioned here in the past, is a television remote control for kids that pre-dates the introduction of the Nintendo Wii by some six years. Now Fobis is complaining that… Read More

  • Apple says NYC's new apple logo infringes on its trademark

    So the Internet is freaking out because of this Wired story detailing an Apple, Inc. complaint against the City of New York and its new “green” Apple logo. Because Apple, the company, is represented by an apple, the fruit, Apple, the company, believes that the new logo, which is part of the city’s “green” awareness campaign, will confuse the market. It sure will! Read More

  • Apple might make a handheld game console AND/OR make a robotic monkey to fetch your colostomy bag

    Apple just trademarked some sort of weird logo for a hand-held gaming rig which everyone is speculating is actually some sort of very exciting Apple-branded handheld game system that will work with iTunes and be the best thing in the world. What I really think is going on here is that Apple is trademarking a logo for when some crazy Chinese pirate company starts making “Apple”… Read More

  • Cisco and Apple Reach iPhone Trademark Agreement

    Word from Cupertino is that Apple and Cisco have resolved their dispute involving the iPhone trademark. In the agreement, both companies are free to use the iPhone name throughout the world and neither will continue to seek legal actions. As part of the bargain, Cisco and Apple with explore interoperability in areas of security and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the… Read More