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Mar
14
2017

It’s a matter of taste

It's a matter of taste

Companies distinguish themselves with a name or an original logo. And increasingly also with distinctive designs and packaging. The latter can be protected by a design registration. One of the quickest IP procedures is the European design registration whereas EUIPO only assesses the design application on formal requirements. One of the requirements is a clear […]

Jul
13
2016

Strapless slippers

bandajanas

Dutch entrepreneur Evelien van de Werff is accusing fellow entrepreneur Jop de Bondt of stealing her idea of the ‘strapless’ flip flop. Van der Werff achieved national fame with her Bandajanas- slippers: flip flops without a strap. Instead, the sole only has three tabs, through which you can tie your own straps. This way each slipper is […]

Jul
11
2016

Big Green Fake

big green egg

It’s summer. It’s the season of barbecuing outside with family and friends. On your amazing and pricey Big Green Egg®. But there is a less expensive solution to your barbecue needs. A Dutch low price retailer is selling a… well… Big Green Egg lookalike. At a quarter of the price of a genuine Big Green Egg barbecue, this barbecue […]

Jun
17
2016

Apple copies iPhone design?

Baili 100C - iPhone 6 01

A Chinese device maker is suing Apple for allegedly copying its smartphone design in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Yes, you are reading this right. It’s the other way around this time! A Chinese court recently granted Chinese smartphone maker Baili an injunction that would have forced Apple to remove the iPhone 6 line […]

Apr
14
2016

McRefusals

Since last year the marks authorities in Europe have become even more severe in accepting trademarks. While somewhat descriptive trademarks were allowed when a device had been added, these logo’s are now refused when the device is descriptive as well. The result is, in art terms, that we move from realism to abstract figurative. McDonald’s […]

Feb
19
2016

The clonephone

The Clone Phone 03

Big news yesterday: In India you can buy a smartphone for only 3 euros and 30 cents. Quite cheap, isn’t? We already know that, also in view of the sky high  profits of for example Apple that the price of an iPhone is not in relation to the costs of making the actual device. But […]

Oct
1
2015

Artimarks

What if Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst were hired by the some multinationals to redesign their logo’s? Or what if these artist had made their interpretation of world famous logo’s? Probably, something like this below! These redesigns have, of course, not been made by the artists themselves but by the Italian designer […]

Jun
8
2015

Trekkies

If your fans have their own fan name, you are a big star. Think of the Beliebers, fans of Justin Bieber. And of course the Trekkies (or Trekkers), fans of Star Trek. But there are fans and there are fans. Some fans have money, like the CEO Liu Dejian of NetDragon Websoft, a large Chinese  […]

May
19
2015

Superplane

The name Icon5 sounds promising. The ideal name for a super plane, which this sport aircraft is. First of all, this plane can land on water and on land! Moreover, in addition to the light-weight materials, there is this very cool cockpit, specially designed by car designers. Thus, Icon5 is a special plane. But a […]

Dec
16
2014

Logo designs

The recent change of the policy trademark offices towards the protection of black / white device registrations urged us to rethink the filing strategies.  Are certain trademarks still fully protected? And will the use of a logo in color be sufficient in order to maintain the rights of the registration in black / white? Interesting […]

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