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Sep
1
2015

Copycat

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A copycat, somebody who is copying ideas, a name or a product design. Who wants to be that? Nobody. Not directly the most appropriate name for a cosmetics brand, you might think. Still, the trademark COPYCAT has been filed in the European Union by Warpaint Cosmetics Limited (here left another product in their product line). […]

Aug
31
2015

Trademarks on fire (2)

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Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is suing a North Carolina brewery over a “confusingly similar” label for the next upcoming thing: cinnamon whisky. Sazerac Company from Louisiana, North Carolina (USA) is infringing Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey’s bottle label, with its malt speciality beer: Fire Flask, so says the whisky manufacturer. The US is seeing a dramatic growth of cinnamon-flavored […]

Aug
28
2015

Planes, trademarks and automobiles

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IndiGo, an Indian airline, is battling India’s largest car manufacturer, Tata Motors, over the trademark IndiGo. The automaker has been selling sedans under the Indigo brand since 2002, while Interglobe (IndiGo’s parent company) lifted off in 2006. Meanwhile, IndiGo – a great name for an Indian airline by the way – is India’s biggest and most […]

Aug
27
2015

Silence!

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A piece of music is made up of a tone, a melody and (often) lyrics. One exception is the famous piece of music made by John Cage: this piece did not contain one single note, the piece was pure silence! A silence which consisted of three parts, indicated by (silent) movements of the pianist. This […]

Aug
26
2015

Charging Bag

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Men carry their phones in their pockets. Women carry them in their bag. Wouldn’t it be handy if the women’s hand bag had a smartphone charging feature? That’s what Ralph Lauren though. But now that they have created such a bag, they’re in a bit of a mess… In 2014 Ralph Lauren announced that it […]

Aug
25
2015

Parodyland

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Banksy, a British artist whose identity is still unknown, has recently launched an “anarchist” amusement park, Dismaland. Probably, you already heard about this park as the media widely reported about this “bemusement” park. There was a warning that this park would be unsuitable for children and this is true: the Grim Reaper is riding along […]

Aug
21
2015

Ale Yeah!

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A Decatur craft-beer store has become the target of a trademark lawsuit. Beer always makes for excellent trademark law suits. North Carolina based LMR Restaurants filed a lawsuit this month against Ale Yeah! (pun alert: “Hell yeah!”), claiming the company is improperly using LMR’s trademark Ale Yeah!. “Despite receiving LMR’s letter advising them of LMR’s rights, […]

Aug
19
2015

Fake pills

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One of the biggest challenges of today is counterfeit. The awareness and negative consequences of this problem is growing, but unfortunately not as quick as the amount of counterfeit itself. A very popular area for counterfeiters are pharmaceuticals. Only in the Netherlands the dazzling amount of 155.000 pills very captured by customs last months. It […]

Aug
17
2015

Duelling descendants

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The heirs of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix have been getting in each other’s hair, but settled after going to court over the rights to T-shirts and other merchandise bearing Hendrix’s image. Jimi Hendrix is an electric guitar legend, who died very young in 1970 at age 27. Not surprisingly, he left no will, leaving his […]

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