Benjamin Appelbaum, Attorney at Law

October 2019 Archives

Facebook's cryptocurrency hit with trademark lawsuit

While many Facebook users in New Jersey may be curious about the social media giant's planned jump into the cryptocurrency field, an e-commerce business is accusing it of trademark infringement. A company called Finco Services, which provides mobile online banking applications, says that its former design company produced the logo for Facebook's Libra token, the name given to the cryptocurrency. It alleges that the logo, which includes several wavy lines similar to tildes, is reused from work done for Finco's own cryptocurrency projects in violation of its trademarks filed for registration.

Under Armor takes action to prevent trademark dilution

Companies in New Jersey and around the country file applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to protect branding elements like their names and logos, but their applications sometimes prompt other businesses to take legal action to prevent what is known as trademark dilution. They might do so to maintain brand uniqueness against businesses that have similar names even when their product lines do not overlap. The apparel and footwear company Under Armor has initiated several such actions.

Intellectual property dispute continues for comic creator's heirs

Many people in New Jersey are fans of Stan Lee's work; the comic book characters the artist created, like Spider-Man and the Avengers, are loved by millions. However, at the end of his life, a battle began to arise over the rights to his vast swath of intellectual property. In September 2019, Lee's daughter, through the Lee Family Survivors' Trust, filed a lawsuit alleging that his creations had been "looted" by POW! Entertainment since 2001. The claim follows the death of the famed comic creator at 95 in November 2018.

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