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Apr
21
2015

Segaway

Segway

Years ago project Ginger was announced as the next big  thing. Even larger than the internet! Project Ginger turned out to be Segway. Despite of the revolution design and technique, a bit disappointing as it concerned an electric scooter. Segway never made it to the worldwide public. Local regulations choked the introduction, except for some […]

Apr
20
2015

Tumult

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Tumulus 800, a local Belgian beer, has been forced to change its name after losing a legal battle against Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola sells a soft drink called Tumult, and has registered the name. Now the soft drink giant claims the Belgian beer’s name is confusingly similar. The name Tumulus was chosen as a reference to the […]

Apr
17
2015

Gangstar Empire

Empire

The makers of the new US hit series Empire are being sued by a gangster who claims that the script is based on his life story. Empire is an American musical drama television series which debuted on Fox in January this year. The show centers around a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, […]

Apr
16
2015

Three stripes out

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adidas and top designer Marc Jacobs are not the best of friends. Even worse, they have a fight going on, and this fight is now brought into court. The reason: the recent winter collection of Marc by Marc Jacobs presented garments with four stripes. And everyone knows: keep away from stripes on clothing as adidas […]

Apr
15
2015

Taco with a bite

Vampire-Tacos

Vampire Wines is using Vampire Taco over… well, the trademark ‘vampire’. You may remember Vampire Wines from this bloodthirsty infringement case. Now the ‘winery’ has set its teeth in a ‘Mexican’. TI Beverage Group is owner of Vampire Wines and numerous ‘vampire-related’ trademarks for beverages, bars, and restaurant services, including Vampire® and Dracula® for wines […]

Apr
14
2015

Red faces in Red Wing

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Red Wing is a town in Minnesota, famous for its pottery. Especially the antiques are sold for a lot of money. Now there is a dispute about the word Red Wing, of course not uncommon as names are an important asset. Wells Valley Enterprises Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Red Wing Pottery Museum. The […]

Apr
13
2015

Fashion victim

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Fashion house Christian Dior is suing a New Zealand businessman Sirious Dior to prevent him from using his own name. The Auckland-based entrepreneur registered his company “Dior Fine Art” in New Zealand last year. Sirious Dior is a 34-year-old photographer, who claims he is hounded by Christian Dior’s Australian lawyers, ordering him to stop using […]

Apr
10
2015

Counting the days

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Thank God It’s Friday! So for this Friday, a trademark for…. FRIDAY! If you search the European trademark registers, there are a lot of trademarks comprised of the word ‘Friday’. But this one caught our eye: Trademark: THURSDAY FRIDAY Registration no. 1141146   The mark is registered for ‘handbags’. The application for the trademark was filed […]

Apr
9
2015

Trilogy: Puma, logo and swoosh

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In a short time sports brand Puma received three decisions in trademark matters. The first was about the long struggle against parody brand Pudel in Germany (left). For Puma a thorn in its flesh. But now, the Bundesgerichtshof has ruled that the trademark Puma should prevail over the freedom of expression of the counterparty. An […]

Apr
8
2015

Below the bible belt

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The US Patent and Trademarks Office refused the registration of the name PORNO JESUS. The USPTO was quite clear in its decision: registration of the name PORNO JESUS as a trademark for adult entertainment videos was deemed immoral, since the meaning is found to refer to identifiable persons, institutions, beliefs or national symbols, and may […]

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