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Oct
31
2014

Empire Strikes Bock (2)

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Last week we posted that Lucasfilm, makers of Star Wars, filed a trademark infringement suit against brewery Empire Brewing Co. over their (Empire) “Strikes Bock” beer. Apparently, the beer’s been around for years, but recently the brewing company tried to trademark the name, alarming Lucasfilm. But Empire Brewing’s not ready to give up and turn […]

Oct
30
2014

The extended version

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What makes a record legendary? Of course the music. But the art work often contributes as well to the fame. Everyone recognizes the baby bathing in the water from the breakthrough album of Nirvana. And the Beatles on Abbey Road, just famous right? Album covers work sometimes just as trademarks. Aptitude now has created a […]

Oct
29
2014

Hotel California

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A hotel owner in Ohio (USA) is sued for trademark infringement, just one week before an open house is scheduled to show off the venue. The name of the hotel: Hotel California. The suit is not filed by The Eagles as you may presume. Although the name Hotel California became well known though their popular […]

Oct
28
2014

Pistol Pete

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Pistol Paul is one of better-known Dutch criminals. In America you have Pistol Pete, the nickname of Frank Eaton who first learned how to shoot and then avenged his murdered father (those were different times). Later on in his career he wrote two books. Pistol Pete is the mascot of the University of Oklohoma. A […]

Oct
27
2014

Is Dodge dodging the bullet?

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Dodge’s attempts to revive 1970s “Scat Pack” tuning options for its muscle cars, are taking a turn for the worse. A California based aftermarket company, is suing the Chrysler Group, owner of the Dodge brand, for infringing on its nearly 50-year-old “Scat” trademark. The lawsuit is a rematch of a trademark dispute of nearly five […]

Oct
24
2014

Dangerous curves

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Late 2013, car manufacturer Infiniti named the new concept version of their Q50 model “Eau Rouge” (red water). It was named after one of the most legendary curves of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. But the management race of the circuit is everything but flattered. Spa-Francorchamps’ board is considering legal action against the Japanese car […]

Oct
23
2014

The Rich Prada

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The Rich Prada. Is this the wealthy sister of the well-known Prada-trademark? No, although you could think this when you face this trademark. The Rich Prada is a hotel in Indonesia. And in order to protect their overseas activities, they filed the trademark in the EU for the food and beverage classes, advertisement, hotel services […]

Oct
22
2014

Empire Strikes Bock

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Empire brewery from the United States has a new beer. A bock beer. And they call it “Strikes bock”. So far, so good right? But wait until you add the brewery’s name: Empire Strikes Bock. We never pass on the opportunity to write about Star Wars, but this is quite the story. Empire brewery’s “Empire Strikes […]

Oct
21
2014

My Zumba booties

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Madden Girl Zumba Wedge Bootie is the name of a shoe by shoe company Steve Madden (shoe left). A bit long as description of a shoe, but why care: you know what you get. This product name creates a whole different problem for Steve Madden: the fury of fitness company Zumba Fitness. Of course, you […]

Oct
20
2014

Ebola®

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Sometimes even we do not understand trademarks. Each day hundreds of new trademarks are registered. Often to secure business, products or services. But why should someone try to monopolise ebola? Ebola is spreading like wildfire in a large number of African countries. Thousands have died already in the past few months form this terrible and […]

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