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Jan
30
2015

Bad rap

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Rolls Royce has had their fair share of trademark infringements, but this one is one for the books: the luxury car company is suing rapper Royce Rizzy. Rolls-Royce has always produced the most luxury cars in the business. The brand’s influence transcends its high-end status, even influencing the hip-hop scene. The English car brand has […]

Jan
29
2015

Ms. Nutella

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Last week you can find our “Chanel” post about people who are choosing trademarks as children names. Also in France, this happens sometimes but the authorities have taken a clear position against this type of names. At least, against the name Nutella. Nutella was the name that parents recently have given to their daughter. However […]

Jan
28
2015

Clooney. Who else?

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A court in Tel Aviv has allowed a coffee competitor to continue running its ads against Nespresso, using a lookalike to make fun of George Clooney. The Israeli-an court turned down Nespresso’s request for a restraining order against the commercials promoting Espresso Club, which makes its own coffee machines and capsules. Espresso Club is aiming […]

Jan
27
2015

The golden pelican

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The golden pelican (left) could not keep its golden status for very long. This trademark was filed in France for award services but faced an opposition by Pelikan, the famous brand for writing equipment. Of course, the trademarks of Pelikan are well protected, amongst others for services in class 41. However, the use requirements applied […]

Jan
26
2015

Sweet Reese’s (2)

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The Hershey Company has resolved a legal battle with an importer of foreign candy, after accusing them of copying their most famous products. Last week LBB Imports LLC signed an agreement with The Hershey Company to discontinue importing the products that have been infringing Hershey’s trademarks, says Jeff Beckman, a Hershey Company spokesman. It seemed […]

Jan
23
2015

Not all stars are All Stars (2)

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In October we wrote that Converse filed lawsuits, accusing more that 30 companies for ripping off the design of the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. One of the first victims: Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren and Converse have not settled the matters and the law suit has been withdrawn. As a result, Ralph Lauren […]

Jan
22
2015

Chanel, no. 2

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Like in other countries, new parents in the Netherlands love to give their children a name inspired by a trademark. So, there are now babies called Bentley, Chevy, Davidson, Diesel, Joulz and Leonidas. The baby name Theflonh might however be an unfortunate coincidence. It often feels that you own your name. However, it is still […]

Jan
21
2015

Kalvin Clein

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Sometimes counterfeit should be art, Jan-Dirk van der Burg must have thought. The Dutch photographer collected eleven items of counterfeit Calvin Klein underwear from all over the world, and made an impressive photo collection. The photos are set up as an actual Calvin Klein advertising campaign: black and white photos of muscular men in underwear. […]

Jan
20
2015

Dark Cloud

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Apple is certainly not thrilled with the recent ruling of the OHIM. The OHIM rejected its opposition against the trademark application of Dr. iCloud. Apple based its opposition on a variety of earlier trademarks. While OHIM acknowledged the enhanced scope of protection of the trademarks, it also confirms the low inherent distinctiveness of the word […]

Jan
19
2015

Tracks stolen by your ex

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Pop star Iggy Azalea has won a law suit against her ex-boyfriend after he stole her music. A federal judge in Los Angeles, has granted Azalea’s temporary injunction, in which she is blocking ex-boyfriend Maurice Williams from selling previously unreleased music from her earliest days without her consent. Azalea sued Williams for copyright and trademark […]

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