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Light, essential and fun trademark news from Knijff
Aug
29
2016

Fight and make up

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A US court has ruled in favor of the Kardashian sisters in a cosmetics trademark infringement case. This likely ends Haven Beauty’s attempts to market Fierce, a new item in the Kardashian’s cosmetics collection. The famous reality show sisters had accused Hillair Capital Management – the principal investor in their licensee Haven Beauty – of […]

Aug
26
2016

Thanks, but no thanks (2)

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The lawsuit that Citigroup Inc., one of the world’s biggest banks, has started against telecommunications company AT&T over the words “thanks” and “AT&T thanks” in its new customer loyalty program has now ended. The case has been dropped by both parties with prejudice, meaning that no further legal action can be taken on the matter. […]

Aug
24
2016

Volkswagen reversed

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A reversed Volkswagen logo led to angry faces in Wolfsburg. Was the logo Main Auto Wheels (as shown under) not too similar to the famous Volkswagen logo? No, said the Opposition Division of the EUIPO. Volkswagen appealed but the Board of Appeal agreed wit the findings of the Opposition Division. The consumer normally perceives a […]

Aug
23
2016

Let it go

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Demi Lovato, famous for her performance of the Frozen-hit “Let it go”, is being sued by Indie-rock duo Sleigh Bells. Allegedly, the pop singer’s 2015 track “Stars” copies musical elements from their 2010 track “Infinity Guitars.” Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller specify “signal decay and other sonic signatures” that characterize “virtually identical content” and […]

Aug
19
2016

Face food

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Again, a trademark attorney is never really on holiday. Even when walking around, looking for a nice place to have lunch, the trademark-attorney-on-holiday’s eye is drawn to a kebab restaurant. Not because of his hunger for a meat-filled pita bread, but because of the familiar looking name. Facefood. That’s something worth sharing on your timeline.

Aug
17
2016

The dark side

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Northside is a famous festival in Brooklyn. A Dutch festival organizer received permission to introduce the festival to the Netherlands. The only problem was that there was a Danish festival with the same name. And although it seemed at first that they did not mind, ultimately the Danish festival was not happy with the festival […]

Aug
15
2016

Oreo Neo

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Markmatters is on holiday. And a great part of being on holiday is grocery shopping in a foreign country. Local delicacies, regional treats and national food and drinks. And, for the kids, cookies they know from home. Because kids like things the way they are. So, when in France, no french cookies for the kids, […]

Aug
12
2016

Comfy balls for women

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Comfyballs, a men’s underwear brand, is celebrating a landmark success that highlights a clear gender bias in the US trademarking process. The company, founded in Norway four years ago, has worked long and hard to create the most comfortable boxer trunks ever made, designed to support and optimize comfort levels for all sizes. Its trademark […]

Aug
10
2016

Too much wine?

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Frederiksdal, the largest winery in Denmark is known for its wines made from a special Danish cherry. On the estate there is a remarkable building built in 1756. This building is used on the logo of the wine. To get maximum trademark protection the wine maker choose to register the image independently of the word […]

Aug
8
2016

Pokemon Go Away

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It is immensely popular: the augmented reality game Pokémon Go. So popular that others try to profit! Apple claimed the Pokémon Go app was the most downloaded app of all time in Apple’s App Store. Servers in many countries around the world went down, due to the massive amount of people trying to play the game. […]

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