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Nov
26
2014

Cronut? Ramen Burger!

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While the Cronut – the donut/croissant hybrid – still reigns the streets of New York City (see here and here), people are already lining up for the newest food hype: the Ramen Burger. Creator Keizo Shimamoto is trying to monopolise his Japanese-American mash-up by registering a trademark. But is he successful? The Ramen Burger is an […]

Nov
25
2014

The bowler hats

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Design Shop Timothy Oulton sells some modern but yet very British furniture and life styling products. Not only in the UK, but also for example in Amsterdam (in a spectacular old church). The logo of Timothy Oulton is also very British, what could be more British than a bowler hat? But can you claim a […]

Nov
24
2014

WTF

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When you read “WTF”, do you think about chewing gum? Well, gum giant Wrigley does. Last week Wrigley started trying to protect its Winterfresh gum from from the Internet slang. Wrigley’s filed an opposition in the US, because of a trademark application for “WTF”, filed by a gum competitor. This acronym apparently stands for “What […]

Nov
21
2014

Wanna bat?

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If Valencia plays FC Barcelona, who do you think is going to win? But what about when Valencia plays Batman? The football club and DC Comics, owner of the Batman intellectual property, might meet in court. Spanish football club Valencia have applied to trademark a new iteration of their club’s crest, featuring a bat. DC […]

Nov
20
2014

Crocs

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Crocs. Sometimes you just wonder how on earth something gets successful. But, we have to admit that these plastic sandals were (and still are) a huge success. So were the Crocs lookalikes. A powerful weapon in the fight against lookalikes is the European 3D mark of Crocs. A recent cancellation action against this 3D mark […]

Nov
19
2014

Holiday snapshots

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This week we posted that you are not allowed to take picture of the Eiffel Tower by night. But this Parisian landmark is not the only famous thing you may not commercially exploit. A top five of no-go’s when you’re on vacation: The Louvre – Like many museums, the Louvre does not allow total freedom […]

Nov
18
2014

Real or fake?

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A Louis Vuitton handbag for few dollars is obviously a fake copy.  You can often recognize this fake items from a distance. But the pirates are now producing better knockoff copies than ever. Sometimes, the imitation is so well made that it is very difficult to distinguish it from the real ones. A difficult situation for […]

Nov
17
2014

Eiffel Power

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Ahh…. Paris, the city of love and light, and… copyright. Your nighttime pictures of the Eiffel Tower may very well be off limits: La Tour Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower’s official website states that although taking photos of the Parisian landmark is alright in the daylight, pictures are a no-go at night. The website explains: “Its […]

Nov
14
2014

F–k Cancer

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The fight against cancer is a hard one. A lot of money is needed for research to find a cure. Fortunately, there are a lot of people involved in fundraising campaigns. But happens when two campaigns want to use the same name: “F–k Cancer.”? Two women are going to court to fight for the right […]

Nov
13
2014

Real Shit

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Excuse me? Yes, buy Real Shit. At least, if you want to buy some biological fertilizer. A perfect name for fertilizer right? Also the presentation of the product in a can is, let’s say, far from usual. And if you would hesitate which fertilizer you have to choose, for many of course a daily struggle, […]

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