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Oct
1
2014

South Park on Trademark Law

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We mentioned it earlier: sometimes a trademark turns out to be a bit unfortunate. American Football Club the Washington Redskins are targeted by a cancellation action against their trademark “Redskin”. The owner has stated firmly, he will never change the name. Are you having a little trouble understanding this trademark case? No worries, Cartman, from […]

Sep
30
2014

Jensen, Müller and Murphy

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Overall, everyone understands the principle and purpose of trademark law. Companies invest in names and logos to distinguish their products or services and these signs need to be protected. However, in case of sacred symbols, heritage or common names, there is often some resistance. And in case of common surnames. A recent example hereof is […]

Sep
29
2014

Ukulele vs. Ukulele

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A British ukulele group has lost its ukulele trademark infringement battle against a ukulele rival over its ukulele group name. That’s a lot of ukulele! The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) have claimed their reputation could be tarnished by a rival group from Germany, confusingly enough named United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra (UKUO). Both orchestras […]

Sep
26
2014

A Monster Victory?

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A small business from Missoula (USA) is caught in a legal battle with energy soft-drink giant Monster Energy Company. Monster Energy claims the company is infringing their trademark. Victory Energize, received a letter from Monster’s attorneys, demanding the local company stop selling all products that bear the Victory Energize logo. Monster Energy is of the […]

Sep
25
2014

No IP on IP

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While many are meeting each other during GRUR or Marques the IP world might have been exposed to an unknown disaster: the abbreviation IP was nearly claimed as a trademark. The OHIM however did not surrender and protected IP from being monopolized: they refused the trademark as shown left. Of course, you could say that […]

Sep
24
2014

Logo lingo

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Famous logos cross all language barriers. Whatever language you speak, when you see a familiar product like Mars or Coca Cola in a foreign country, you will recognise it immediately. Multinationals invest a lot of money to “reinvent” their logos for use abroad, taking great care to ensure that, while the characters may change, the […]

Sep
23
2014

Flashy grandma

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Sometimes confusion between names is just funny. We already mentioned once the funny stories of travelers who travel more than 48 hours to the wrong city which seems to have the same name but is located in a totally different country. Another form of funny name confusion is created by the auto-tag feature of Facebook. […]

Sep
22
2014

Only in Albania

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It’s Sunday. And I am watching a show about travelling. The presenter is travelling through Albania. So far, so good. But then… Then I see a fast food restaurant in the background. Kolonat. And it reminds me of something. Something… McFamous. And a colleague sends me a text: “Did you see this?” How is this […]

Sep
19
2014

Google is still Google®

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The “Google” trademark regularly ranks as one of the most valuable trademarks in the world. In 2013 the brand valued an estimated $93 billion (source: Interbrand). It is undeniable that the “Google” trademark is Google’s single most valuable asset. Recently, Google’s opponents in a court case claimed the trademark had become “generic”, and consequently everyone […]

Sep
18
2014

Independent Scotland?

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With bated breath everyone in the UK will await the outcome of the Scottish referendum. Will Scotland vote for its independence? Will Scotland no longer be a part of the United Kingdom? For most trademark owners a Scottish independence will not change many things. Scotland will probably remain member of the European Union and European […]

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