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Light, essential and fun trademark news from Knijff
Jun
29
2015

$549.000,00

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The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago (USA). Their name and logo are registered trademarks and therefore protected by intellectual property laws. This has entitled them to stop “business man” Jeff Huang, who has been manufacturing and selling products using official team logos. Huang was caught by authorities who seized 130,000 […]

Jun
26
2015

What’s in store?

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What’s up with people? We understand – from a copycat point of view – that it is convenient and sometimes even worthwhile to ride the coat tails of a famous brand. Not that we condone it, but we understand it. But apparently there are people that really think that naming your store “Play Store”, “Google” […]

Jun
25
2015

By heart (2)

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Herewith an interesting update on our earlier post about the EU application of a three-dimensional heart shaped apple. At the time we already knew that a heart shaped tomato could not be registered in the EU as a design. But what about 3D-marks? We know now the question: the application of the apple has been […]

Jun
24
2015

Yellow brick road to victory

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The world famous Lego® figure remains a protected trademark in the European Union. The European Court of Justice confirmed this, after competitor Best Lock tried to cancel the trademark registration. Lego has registered the classic as a trademark since 2000 in the European Union. Best Lock makes similar figures. It was therefore in their best […]

Jun
23
2015

Shops till you drop

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In response to the appeal of Apple relating their application of the Apple Store, the European Court of Justice ruled that a store design could be a distinctive trademark. So, shop design applications got a green light and several applications have been filed since then. Of course, this kind of non-traditional trademarks are still uncommon […]

Jun
22
2015

Brands by hand

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Some trademarks are so famous, you can instantly visualise them in your mind. But can you also draw them without looking at the original? Calligrapher Sebastian Lester can. And how! He amazingly draws the most famous brands in an instant. It looks so incredibly easy… Can you guess the brands while draws them?

Jun
19
2015

Mouse Musical

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A trademark dispute between electronic music producer Deadmau5 and a musical that featured a mouse’s journey to becoming a professional DJ was resolved in record time: just 24 hours after starting. You may remember Deadmau5 from his legal battle with Disney over Deadmau5′s use of a “Mickey-like” logo. The whole thing started after Deadmau5 sent a […]

Jun
18
2015

Anthotels

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An ant as a logo is a distinctive and original feature for your business. But if your business is running a hotel, the choice for an ant is quite remarkable. As an hotel, you do not want to be directly associated with an ant. Well, despite of this association, Fiesta Hotels has registered  a 3D […]

Jun
17
2015

White Russian

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Pernod Ricard’s Absolut division is suing a US liquor distributor over infringing the trademarks on its coffee liqueur brand Kahlua. Happy Hearts Wine – an New York orthodox Jewish distributor of kosher drinks – is selling a coffee liqueur named Kahfua. Pernod Ricard claims that the brands are way too similar, and that the Kafua […]

Jun
16
2015

Power to the people

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Some cases are bound to fail. According to Emmett Benjamin of House of Christ Temple Divine, director Spike Lee infringes its trademark rights by choosing for Chiraq as the title of his latest film. Chiraq is a word used by this religious movement and according to Benjamin the use of this word by Spike Lee […]

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