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Light, essential and fun trademark news from Knijff
Jul
27
2016

Stylish beer

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In the world of the wine and beer, there is a lot going on in respect of design. Whereas years ago wines had a traditional label, nowadays wines have very remarkable logo’s, colours, bottles are completely blue or black etc. So, the time of a dull wine or beer label has passed. But with these […]

Jul
25
2016

Que sera Zara

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Clothing chain Zara is being accused of stealing designs. LA illustrator, Tuesday Bassen, claims the fashion retailer has used several of her designs without permission. When Bassen discovered that Zara’s design showed a remarkable resemblance with her own, older, designs, she sent an angry letter. But instead of an apology Zara replied Bassed “did not have a […]

Jul
19
2016

Trump copies Obama

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At least one passage in Melania Trump’s speech this week at the Republican National Convention plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. A side-by-side comparison of the speeches of Michelle Obama and Donald Trump’s wife, reveal remarkable similarities” Melanie Trump (2016): “From a young age, my parents impressed on me the […]

Jul
15
2016

Sucker match

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Even at moments when you least expect it, you can be struck by “trademark confusion”. For instance, when watching a football (soccer!) game. Football club Red Bull Salzburg made a weird ‘mistake’ in the opening match of its 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League campaign. In the second qualifying round match against Latvia’s FK Liepaja, Salzburg player […]

Jul
14
2016

The lion’s den

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One of the biggest banks in the Netherlands is the ING. The significant business identifiers of ING are the orange color as well the lion (you might think that everything is orange in Holland as orange is our national color, but still, the color is quite unusual in trademarks). ING has protected its trademarks through […]

Jul
13
2016

Strapless slippers

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Dutch entrepreneur Evelien van de Werff is accusing fellow entrepreneur Jop de Bondt of stealing her idea of the ‘strapless’ flip flop. Van der Werff achieved national fame with her Bandajanas- slippers: flip flops without a strap. Instead, the sole only has three tabs, through which you can tie your own straps. This way each slipper is […]

Jul
12
2016

Everlasting registration

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Although the perception of the descriptiveness can vary in one country to another, the basis rule is the same: not every word can be a trademark. Words that describe certain qualities or the character of products and services cannot serve as a trademark. The big exception on this rule are trademarks that have acquired distinctiveness […]

Jul
11
2016

Big Green Fake

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It’s summer. It’s the season of barbecuing outside with family and friends. On your amazing and pricey Big Green Egg®. But there is a less expensive solution to your barbecue needs. A Dutch low price retailer is selling a… well… Big Green Egg lookalike. At a quarter of the price of a genuine Big Green Egg barbecue, this barbecue […]

Jul
8
2016

Rolling Stones

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Sometimes, when you’re stuck in a traffic jam, you have time to look around you. To look at the scenery, and to enjoy the… wait…what? The Rolling Stones? Am I seeing this right? This is a clear violation of trademark law! When I am back in the office, I am going to write a nice […]

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