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Mar
31
2015

Holy beer

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The names of historic and famous buildings are perfect brands. For example, the Eiffel Tower is claimed as a trademark for several products and services. But now, there is a growing tendency that the buildings themselves become trademarks. With accompanying trademark registrations of course. And this leads sometimes to problems with older trademarks. You will […]

Mar
30
2015

Hop hop, you don’t stop

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The owners Hopdoddy have aimed their legal canons at HopBunz Craft Burgers & Beer. Hopdoddy states that the owners of HopBunz took pictures and notes of Hopdoddy to recreate a similar restaurant. HopBunz is confusing burger lovers in Tulsa, Oklahoma where there are two Hopbunz locations, says Hopdoddy. Although Hopdoddy has no restaurant in Oklahoma […]

Mar
27
2015

Time out

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April 24th is D-Day. That’s the day you can buy the much anticipated Apple Watch. But if you want, you can get your Apple Watch today! From China. American news network ABC ordered a fake Apple Watch from China. They found a watch that looks like an official Apple Watch with the same color and […]

Mar
25
2015

Foul-mouthed teddy bear

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The movie Ted is about a teddy bear that falls, after a brief period of fame, into a life of sex, drugs and drinks. Quite funny, especially when you know that the teddy bear can talk and is a rather foul-mouthed teddy bear. The movie was a success and received a lot of attention. Amongst […]

Mar
25
2015

GT3

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Porsche has successfully stopped competitor Aston Martin from using the type “GT3″ in its new limited-run V12 Vantage, unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motorshow. When Aston Martin revealed the ‘Vantage GT3’ to the public, car lovers immediately wondered how the new name would be received in Stuttgart, home of Porsche. Not too well, it turns out. […]

Mar
24
2015

This .sucks

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A clever idea of a businessman, or a kind of blackmail? A mix of both probably, as large companies fear the .sucks domain. This new extension has been granted to Vox Populi, and now this registrar will start the launch of these domainnames. Large companies will probably register their trademark / name as a precaution, […]

Mar
20
2015

Red Bully

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Red Bull has brought an infringement claim against a small brewery, but is now facing the backfire of negative publicity. The energy drink giant has opposed a trademark application by the Old Ox Brewery, a local Northern Virginia brewery before the US Patent and Trademark Office. The claim: Old Ox (for beer) is confusingly similar to […]

Mar
19
2015

Pinterests

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We already posted about the fight between Pinterest and Premium Interest Ltd. The latter filed the trademark Pinterest in the European Union at first and blocked an EU application of Pinterest. Finally, Pinterest won some. Pinterest contested the European registration of Premium Interest on the basis of unregistered rights. Whereas the Opposition Division rejected this […]

Mar
18
2015

Semi

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A Chinese semiconductor company is seeking $100 billion in damages from semiconductor giant Qualcomm over a trademark infringement issue, almost Qualcomm’s entire market capitalisation. Genitop, that develops Chinese character information processing software and semiconductor chips, sued Qualcomm last year, alleging it had infringed its China-registered trademarks by using the Chinese phrase Gaotong in its Chinese company […]

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