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    April 11, 2012

    S.F. Businessman Wants to Make Money Off Trayvon Martin Shooting

    Look, we don't want to argue that capitalism has hurt the moral fabric of America, but what else could we possibly conclude after learning how local businessman Lawrence Sekara is capitalizing off the Trayvon Martin tragedy?That's right, the 49-year-old San Francisco businessman submitted an online ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Is Neil Young Working on a High-Quality Digital Music Service?

    Earlier this year, rock legend Neil Young made some waves in the tech world when he blasted the thin, tinny sound quality of MP3s, arguing that digital music distribution is "degrading music, not improving it." "The MP3 only has 5 percent of the data present in the original recording," Young said a ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    The 1,101 Trademarks of San Francisco

    ​Earlier this week, we reported on the San Francisco Giants' summer of discontent carrying over into a fiasco at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The team was barred from trademarking the script "San Francisco" logo featured on Giants jackets and an armada of other team memorabilia since 1993 ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Giants Barred From Trademarking "San Francisco" Logo

    ​It was that kind of year for the San Francisco Giants. The team scored the fewest runs in the National League -- the fewest runs the team has scored, in fact, since it lost 100 games in 1985. At the plate, the Giants just couldn't deliver. Bizarrely, the franchise has been unable to do so in the ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    Apple Can't Stop Amazon from Using "App Store"

    Weren't apples famous before Apple?​In another case of the Silicon Valley giants butting heads, a federal judge denied Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction against Amazon and its use of the term "App Store."Lawyers for Apple argued that the "Amazon Appstore for Android" name infringes on it ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Levi's Suing Dolce & Gabbana For Copying Pocket Stitching

    Copy this at your own risk. ​Levi's is suing another fashion label for trademark infringement alleging it copied the Levi's double- arch stitching design and ribbon tab on the back pocket. The San Francisco-based jeans company filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco Wednesday against Ita ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    USC Owns 'SC' Logo: Supreme Court

    Snoop's a fan of USC -- and the Supreme Court, it would seem​A 13-year-legal battle over a pair of letters from the alphabet ended today when the Supreme Court declined to hear a case between USC and USC determining which school owns the right to market paraphernalia emblazoned with the "SC" logo. ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    'Giants Baseball: Torture.' Can That Phrase Be Trademarked?

    Really, it just seems like the Giants' bats are broken...​Earlier this year, San Francisco Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper -- who can't turn off the games when they become unwatchable -- turned to broadcast partner Mike Krukow and uttered "Giants baseball: Torture." It's a phrase fans have taken t ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    New York Restaurant Owner Trademarks 'Chairman Bao,' Tells S.F. Truck to Change Its Name

    Uh-oh. First the Chairman Bao truck loses its starting chef/operator Eric Rud. Now the New York restaurant owner accusing the S.F. food truck of stealing the name has succeeded in obtaining a trademark for it. Eddie Haung, owner of BaoHaus, whose braised pork-belly bao ― the Chairman Bao ― lo ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Cereal Litigant Refiles Froot Loops Lawsuit

    Back for another bowl of legal goodness...​SF Weekly last year reported on disgruntled cereal-buyer Roy Werbel, who filed suits in San Francisco Federal Court against the makers of Froot Loops and Crunchberries because -- wait for it -- he thought there was fruit in both of them. While Werbel's ca ... More >>

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    October 30, 2002

    Collect Calling

    Since selling his world-famous film archive to the Library of Congress, Rick Prelinger's been busy saving 40,000 magazines, newspapers, and government documents from history's dustbin. He wants you to take a look.

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    December 19, 2001

    Can you stop the bots?

    Given that cyberspace is swarming with bots looking to snatch or destroy your data, does it make sense to install a firewall?

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    December 6, 2000

    Patent Fight Pending

    When a company sues a notorious critic for infringement, is it just business or intimidation?

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    February 9, 2000

    Genes Without Frontiers

    The so-called gene chip could revolutionize the way we treat cancer patients. That is, if biotech firms don't keep it out of doctors' hands.

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