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Meta VR Rival Claims It Was Obliterated When Facebook Took Its Name

A Meta Platforms Inc. rival claims in a federal trademark infringement lawsuit that its business has been obliterated after Facebook adopted its name. Closely held MetaX LLC said since October 2021, when Facebook rebranded as Meta Platforms, its ability to …

Buffett’s Dairy Queen Loses Lawsuit Over ‘Blizzard’ Name

A federal judge ruled that Dairy Queen cannot stop W.B. Mason Co from selling “Blizzard” bottled spring water, the same name the unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRKa.N uses for a popular ice cream product. In a 217-page …

Seattle Space Needle Sues Coffee Chain Over Use of Logo

The Seattle Space Needle has sued a local coffee chain for using its trademarked logo in coffee shop branding and merchandise. The logo for Local Coffee Spot, which has four locations in the Seattle area, features a mug of hot …

Fox Sued Over Launch of ‘Counterfeit’ USFL by Former Owners

Fox Sports’ planned launch of the USFL this year is being challenged by former owners of the original American football league who claim the network is using its trademarks without permission in what is a “counterfeit” league. The Real USFL …

Pro Athletes Like the ‘Greek Freak’ Are Going After Trademark Violators

Giannis Antetokounmpo has the trappings that befit a basketball superstar. The “Greek Freak” is 6-foot-11 with legs so long, as Sports Illustrated put it, he can traverse “half the court with four Sasquatch steps, surveying traffic like a big rig …

Roller Derby Team Sues Cleveland Guardians for Alleged Trademark Infringement

A roller derby team that has called itself the Cleveland Guardians since 2013 sued the city’s Major League Baseball team in federal court in Cleveland on Wednesday alleging that the switch from Indians to Guardians infringes on its trademark. “A …

Security Firm ADT Accuses Rival Ring of Trademark Infringement Over Blue Signage

Long-time home security firm ADT is suing rival upstart Ring alleging the newcomer is violating its trademarks by using signage that is very similar to the blue octagon logo that ADT has used for decades. In using the similarly colored …

Kraken Hockey Team in Washington Sued by Punk Bar for Name

A Seattle, Wash., punk rock bar is suing the city’s new NHL hockey team for $3.5 million, saying the Kraken’s choice of a name and plans to open a restaurant are harming the Kraken Bar & Lounge, which opened a …

How Pandemic, Contracts Focus Intellectual Property Insurance on Intangible Assets

The demand for intellectual property (IP) cover has been increasing year on year as businesses become more aware of the threat not only to their own IP, but also the potential that they may face a claim of infringement by …

McDonald’s Has a Trademark Beef With Australia’s Hungry Jack’s ‘Big Jack’

Global fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. has filed a trademark infringement notice in Australia after the local unit of Burger King created a similar product called the “Big Jack,” according to a local newspaper report on Thursday. Australian franchise Hungry …