US denies Apple's application for 'iPad Mini' trademark

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, revealed the iPad mini last October. Photo: AP

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has denied Apple's application for a trademark to safeguard its widely popular iPad mini tablet, saying the case to own the phrase was too weak.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:08am

City Digest, March 11, 2013

Roadside air pollution levels remained very high at all three monitoring stations yesterday. The air pollution index at Causeway Bay peaked at 160, while readings in Mong Kok and Central reached 137 and 130, respectively.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am

Paper talk

Peter Lee Ka-kit

Fish paste sold in Wellcome supermarkets is found to be produced in a filthy house in Lok Ma Chau. And the house, swamped with rats and flies, is said to belong to businessman Kwok Chi-yau, a member of the chief executive election committee. 

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Moet subsidiary in legal battle over Krug trademark

MHCS SCS is in a legal battle with Acker Merrall over Krug.

MHCS SCS has sought an injunction against international wine auctioneer Acker Merrall & Condit Asia to stop the wine auctioneer from infringing on its trademark for Krug champagne.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Alibaba writ claims four Hong Kong companies stole its names

Jack Ma, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Alibaba. Photo: Xinhua

Alibaba, which runs the popular online shipping site Taobao, is suing Officeplus Company for using the Chinese characters for Taobao in its company name.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Louboutin wins US court appeal in battle over right to red soles

Stars love Christian Louboutin's sexy shiny shoes. Photo: AFP

French shoemaker Christian Louboutin can trademark his famous red soles, a United States court has ruled, reversing a previous ruling that had allowed rival Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) to paint its soles scarlet as well.

The case featured two of the fashion world's heaviest hitters in a battle to own the glossy red outsole that Louboutin says is at the heart of its shoes' appeal.

7 Sep 2012 - 4:35am

Winding road to iPad deal

Soon after news broke yesterday of Apple's US$60 million payment to settle the legal dispute over the iPad's mainland Chinese trademarks, the company sent out new flyers online to promote its popular media tablet.

'Just what you need to do, just about anything,' said the advertisement, which encouraged recipients to shop online or find a retail store that sold the iPad.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Judgment sought in iPad IP dispute

While sales of its new iPad are trending upwards, Apple appears to be fortifying its legal position over the media tablet's trademark.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Platform for professionals


To foster growth of the Asian intellectual property industry and help global firms access the mainland market, the Hong Kong International Licensing Show offers business and networking opportunities, and market intelligence to industry veterans from around the world.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Where did all that financial talent go?

7 May 2011 - 12:00am

Huawei sues ZTE over trademarks

Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp, the mainland's two-largest telecommunications equipment makers, are set to fight over patent and trademark-infringement lawsuits filed in Europe. Huawei yesterday sued ZTE in Germany, France and Hungary for allegedly infringing its patents related to data card and 4G mobile technologies.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

9 guilty over forged brands on canned food

Nine people and four companies were convicted yesterday in the District Court of possessing 140,000 cans of food bearing forged trademarks for sale. The defendants were arrested by customs officers in April last year in raids on wholesale and retail outlets. The court heard that some of the defendants had admitted that they did not check with the trademark owners of the products.

11 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A war of words over mayor's use of one word


When mayor Sam Sullivan announced his initiative to reduce the city's ecological footprint last year, the word rolled easily off the tongue, even if it baffled spellers. It's EcoDensity, no hyphens.

The way Mr Sullivan envisions it, EcoDensity will reduce urban sprawl by increasing the number of multiple-unit buildings in the city.

2 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Cybersquatting - it's all in a name

Online businesses face a major problem in cybersquatting - the act of registering a domain name in bad faith, often with a view to cashing in on a genuine trademark.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Democrats win approval for journey to mainland

Two Democratic Party members banned from the mainland are to be given one-off home-return permits today to join an official visit to Beijing on Friday with fellow district councillors.

11 May 2005 - 12:00am