Partner in trademark protection

markmatters
Light, essential and fun trademark news from Knijff
Jan
16
2017

Get your lawsuits running

Get your lawsuits running

US retail store Urban Outfitters is being sued by Harley-Davidson for trademark infringement. Again. After being sued by Harley-Davidson in 2014, Urban Outfitters is yet again on the receiving end of a trademark law suit by the world famous motorcycle manufacturer. The motor maker states that Urban Outfitters is selling garments, including bodysuits that are described as […]

Jan
13
2017

Goodknight

Goodknight

Launching a new brand name on national television without thoroughly checking if it is available or not, can turn out pretty badly. In mid-2016, the NHL – the United States National Hockey League – revealed a new team: the Las Vegas Golden Knights. A catchy name. And a good name, you would think. But, the team forgot […]

Jan
11
2017

Iceland. The country? (3)

Iceland. The country? (3)

Iceland is not only a popular holiday destination, but also a trending trademark topic (we refer to our earlier posts on Iceland. The country?). The topic is about claiming a country as a trademark: the trademark ICELAND is registered by Iceland Foods, a supermarket in amongst others the UK and Ireland. The Icelandic government disputes […]

Jan
11
2017

And the trademark goes to…

And the trademark goes to...

Everyone knows the “Oscars”. But did you know the name and the appearance of the trophy has been protected as a trademark since 1975? The Academy Awards, or as it is more famously referred to “The Oscars”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in […]

Jan
10
2017

Beers and bands

Beers and bands

As any other company, names are crucial for bands and artists. The name and associated logo are the main means of communication. If you do not know the name of the band who is playing, you can not check their music on Spotify or see on their website if they are giving a concert again. […]

Jan
9
2017

Walking in Bastogne

Walking in Bastogne

When on holiday in Belgium, there is a big chance you run into, well…, “wannabe” restaurants, as you can see here. But not only in Louvain where you can find this clear trademark infringements. Also in Bastogne (Belgium) where our colleague spotted a “discount McDonald’s”. 2017 has started. Happy New Year!

Jan
2
2017

Run Amazon Run

One of the founders of hip-hop group Run DMC is suing online retailer Amazon $50.000.000 over trademark infringement. Musicians Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell, Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels are better known as RUN-DMC. McDaniels is now claiming trademark infringement, stating that Amazon and Wal-Mart have allegedly been selling clothing and accessories with the group’s name […]

Dec
22
2016

Breitling vs Breitling

Breitling versus Breitling

A trademark gives exclusive rights to certain products and services. And not a (complete) monopoly on a name. That’s why sometimes identical trademarks exist for different products or services. A good specification is therefore very important. The specification must be broad enough to cope future products but not too broad in order to minimize risks […]

Dec
21
2016

Half each

half

A Dutch brewery with the name “De Halve Maan” (“The Crescent”) changed its name, because of a nearby Belgian brewery has the exact same name. The brewery “De Halve Maan” (“The Crescent”) from Bruges, Belgium, noticed more and more cases of confusion: wrong deliveries, wrong mail and even busloads of tourist stopping at the wrong brewery. Outside […]

Pages:1234567...149»