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May
22
2015

Knife fight

Global Knives

Global, the well-known manufacturer of knife, has lost a trademark fight over the appearance of their knife handles. In an attempt to register the appearance of the dotted pattern on the handles of their knives as a 3d-trademark, the Japanese knife maker ran into a negative decision by the European General Court. The court noted […]

May
19
2015

Superplane

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The name Icon5 sounds promising. The ideal name for a super plane, which this sport aircraft is. First of all, this plane can land on water and on land! Moreover, in addition to the light-weight materials, there is the very cool cockpit specially designed by car designers. Thus, Icon5 is a special plane. But a […]

May
19
2015

Skype is the limit

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Video chat service Skype has come out on the losing side in an EU court battle. Its name is considered too similar to television corporation Sky and could confuse the public. British broadcaster Sky filed an opposition with the European Trademarks Office (OHIM) almost a decade ago: Sky and Skype are too similar, they claimed. […]

May
15
2015

Mode or Sex?

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MarkMatters.com is still in France right now, shopping the streets until we find something “trademark-infringement-worthy”. And again: bulls eye! A little shop in the pittoresque French two of Limoges: Mode and the City. A shop heavily inspired by Sex and the City, up to the stylisation and use of black and pink. Trademark infringement? Maybe […]

May
13
2015

Pauwel Kwak

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Pauwel Kwak is a Belgian beer with a fruity and malty aroma,  slightly spiced, with hints of nougat and caramelized banana. It is brewed by the Bosteels Brewery, a brewery that is owned by the same family for seven generations. Sounds good! Kwak beer is best known for its unique glass. This glass was developed at the […]

May
11
2015

Zapa or Zara

Zara-Zapa trademark infringement

MarkMatters.com is in France right now: wandering the streets looking for trademark infringements. And what caught our eye: Zapa! We stumbled upon a clothing store named Zapa. Not Zara, but Zapa. We noticed it earlier in 2013, but it remains remarkable. The whole look and feel of the store and the stylish name reminds us […]

May
8
2015

Jacob’s 66

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Marc Jacobs Files Suit Against 66 Websites for ‘Infringement and Counterfeiting Scheme’ Marc Jacobs is being sued by adidas, but fights back… against others. The fashion house has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against 66 different websites, including marcbymarcjacobsinc.com, marcjacobsmarc.com and BitcoinFashion.net. These websites operate using Jacobs’ trademark without his consent. Moreover, Jacobs claims they are selling counterfeit […]

May
6
2015

Make-up your mind

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The worlds of the marketing manager and the trademark attorney sometimes come together. And this does not always evolve in equally memorable moments. Sometimes the trademark attorney must tell the marketing manager that a chosen name is not that distinctive, which was of course the intention of the marketing manager, as a good name explains […]

May
4
2015

Off Balance

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A Chinese affiliate of US-based sports footware manufacturer New Balance, has been ordered by a court in Guangzhou (China) to pay €15.000.000,- to a local shoe manufacturer for trademark infringement. In the year of its 100th anniversary (2006) Boston-based sports brand New Balance set up an official affiliate in Shanghai to sell its products across […]

May
1
2015

Nolex

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Fashion label Ralph Lauren has been using ‘RLX’ for a luxury clothing line, but was sued by Rolex, who thinks ‘RLX’ might be associated with its brand. The Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office sided with Ralph Lauren on this one: despite the fame of the ROLEX brand and the overlap of […]

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