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Aug
5
2015

At the top of the tree

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About 60 years ago, a truck driver complained against Julius Sämann, a local chemist, about the smell in his truck caused by spilled milk. Sämann was just experimenting with preserving essences of pine trees. Not much later he had developed his first air freshener especially for cars. This was named CAR-FRESHNER, the shape of the […]

Aug
3
2015

Barberry’s

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You trademark attorneys out there may recognise this: you’re on a well deserved holiday, trying not to think of work. But meanwhile, you can’t help but spot all the possible trademark infringements that surround you. Since it is the summer holidays, perhaps we can help each other out. We ran into this cute little barber […]

Jul
31
2015

Don’t Doobie

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The Doobie Brothers have filed a trademark lawsuit against a ’70s cover band called the Doobie Decimal System, claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar”. Music is a doctor. But can the doctor heal this legal wound? The American rock band The Doobie Brothers has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their five decade career, […]

Jul
29
2015

Black & beautiful

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It is summer, time to barbecue. So after the post yesterday about the sausages, we stick with barbecues, hamburgers an cheese. This week a hot topic in Holland was the latest campaign of the cheese brand Old Amsterdam. Thinking of hamburgers, you think of pickles, a roll, and cheese. And the cheese was the key […]

Jul
27
2015

Wurst case scenario

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Did you hear about the one where the trademark attorney takes a bratwurst to court? Well, it happened in Wisconsin. Milwaukee based company Klement Sausage is suing competitor Sheboygan’s Johnsville Sausage for infringing its trademark slogan. Klement claims it has successfully registered the trademark “Backyard Bratwurst” back in  2009 for “Backyard Bratwurst” and that Johnsville was […]

Jul
23
2015

Red, red and red

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Yes, this post is about the colour red. This colour is the main subject of a recent decision of the Court of First Instance (T631/14). On one hand, red is the colour of the sole in the famous position mark of Louboutin. Against this trademark the company Roland filed an opposition based on their trademark […]

Jul
22
2015

Fight for your right

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An important IP-rule: clear third party IP rights in your (digital) media before making them public. The reason? How about 667.849 reasons! That’s the amount of dollars the band The Beastie Boys was awarded after Monster Energy used parts of their songs without permission. So, what happened? Monster Energy – the energy drink giant – […]

Jul
20
2015

Woo-hoo!

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“Duff Beer”, the favourite beer of Homer Simpson, cartoon character from The Simpsons, will soon be available for fans. Media company 21st Century Fox has given the green light to brew the beer. For many years though, Duff beer was already available “unofficially”; fans have sold the beer, but never with the permission of the creators […]

Jul
17
2015

White, Gold & Grey

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Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra, who came over from Google, once again spoke out in defense against copycat accusations that have been levied against the company. Xiaomi allegedly is copying Apple products too much. Okay, we understand – from a business point of view – that is convenient to copy the market leader. Do what […]

Jul
15
2015

Raffles – 5 shining stars?

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Raffles is a luxury hotel in Singapore with a the reputation that goes far beyond the borders of Singapore. Meanwhile Raffles has some scattered locations around the world. Oddly enough in Europe only 1 hotel is connected to the Raffles empire: hotel Royal Monceau, with the caption Raffles Paris. Raffles has protected its logo and […]

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