Contrary to popular belief, it is not always the big companies that win intellectual property lawsuits. Even with excessive amounts of money at their disposal and employees to rigorously seek out potential infringement on their behalf, the big chains of the world sometimes lose to the little guy. In fact, this is exactly what happened in a fairly recent case in which McDonald’s sued McCurry, a restaurant in Malaysia that serves Indian food, and seems to be the direction a more recent case is headed in which McDonald’s is suing Supermac’s.
Famous inventor Trevor Baylis to be given the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work with young inventors.
Mr. Baylis’ inventions include the the wind-up radio, that was invented as a way to get critical information to rural areas in Africa back in 1991. He patented his idea however it was slow to launch until a prototype was featured on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World in 1994 and received support from South African president Nelson Mandela. The radio Free Play started to be produced in 1997 and Mr. Baylis was honoured as Officer of the British Empire (OBE) the same year. Mr. Baylis also invented the wind-up torch and around 200 other products for the disabled.
The recent purchase of Beats Electronics by Apple for $3 billion has left self-proclaimed Beats co-founder Steve Lamar in the dust. Last week, Apple (Beats Electronics, LLC—“Beats”) filed a lawsuit against Lamar claiming false advertisement and unfair competition. Beats contends Lamar has falsely claimed that he is a co-founder of the company, with Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. The company further asserts that Lamar has never had an ownership interest in Beats Electronics, LLC.
A lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court by the founder of Spotted Friend, a company that offers a search engine tool in which people may find and purchase items found in pictures their friends have posted or shared with them. Spotted Friend has brought the action against Lindsay Lohan, her younger brother Michael Lohan, Jr., and Vigme, Inc (Vigme)
By Ozelle Martin | amdlawgroup.com
Originality is the cornerstone for building a formidable identity for a brand. Marketers, branding professionals, entrepreneurs and the like spend a great deal of time brain-storming the elements that would ensure that a brand is memorable and readily identifiable by its consumers and potential consumers. Furthermore, the originality of a brand’s identify is the greatest reputational asset that any business can possess and it must be preserved and protected.