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Sep
16
2014

Solved unsolved

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30 years. The conflict between Ralph Lauren and U.S. Polo Association over the use of the logos of both companies is already going on for 30 long years! And yet, the end is not in sight, despite a settlement in 2003 concerning some names and logos. The latest development is that a federal judge in […]

Sep
15
2014

With wine, you can.

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Soup used to be sold in a can. Now it’s sold in bags. Wine used to be sold in bottles, but now you can buy it in a ‘paint can’. Well, when it’s up to Paradocx Vineyard, you can only buy their wine in paint cans. In 2007 Pennsylvania-based Paradocx Vineyard has been selling their wines […]

Sep
12
2014

Asian-Belgian-Dutch twist

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When you’re far from home, it’s always nice when you recognise something. Something from home. Our Belgian colleague Jeroen Lallemand (@Jeroenlallemand) was travelling abroad, and was craving for some Belgian waffles. But it seems the Belgian waffle had a ‘Dutch twist’ to it. Heineken anyone? Have a nice weekend!

Sep
11
2014

Food for thought

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A post which probably makes your stomach growl, namely one about cookies and candies. The cookie (see below) has been registered as a European design. The cookie consisted of a top with chocolate dots, the inside was made of of liquid chocolate. Sounds great! What followed is the registration of this design, it is up […]

Sep
10
2014

Logo clones

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Vodafone, Beats, Kenwood, Sega. All famous brands, and all by itself highly distinctive trademarks. But are they really that original? When you put the logo’s of some of the biggest brands next to each other, it turns out that it almost seems like they are copied. There are especially a lot of ‘ logos in […]

Sep
9
2014

Marks in motion

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Trademark law is always in motion, for example due to changing case law. But also due to technical developments that change life. Trademarks are in motion too. As nowadays short movies and animations can be seen everywhere and anywhere, for example on your smart phone, these short movies are often a very distinctive feature for […]

Sep
8
2014

Parody

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Last week the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that “If a parody conveys a discriminatory message, a person holding rights in the parodied work may demand that that work should not be associated with that message.” This is important stuff, since it was always considered that the parody should relate to the parodied work […]

Sep
5
2014

Lawyer up, Mickey!

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Disney is locked in a legal battle with electronic musician Deadmau5 (see our earlier post), claiming that the electronic music producer’s signature mouse headgear is too similar to the company’s corporate logo: Mickey Mouse’s ears. For over a decade Joel Zimmerman, known as Deadmau5, has been wearing a giant mouse-eared helmet during his electronic performances. It […]

Sep
4
2014

King Ludwig II

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Ludwig II was a remarkable figure. He was the king of Bavaria in the 19th century, even though this title eroded due to by political changes. Ludwig II kept himself aloof from politics and mainly spent his time with cultural affairs: he built architectural wonders such as Neuschwanstein Castle and he was the patron of […]

Sep
3
2014

Soft Rock Cafe

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Are you someone who like to collect Hard Rock t-shirts from Hard Rock Cafes all over the world? Then don’t forget to collect some Soft Rock Cafe shirts as well! Recently Hard Rock International Inc., owner of the ‘Hard Rock’ restaurant and hotel chain, sent an urgent letter to the owner of a live music […]

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