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Nov
4
2013

Scrambled marks

scrabble - scramble with friends

Zynga’s Scramble With Friends word game for mobile devices is not confusingly similar to Mattel’s  famous Scrabble, a High Court has ruled. Mattel was of the opinion that Zynga’s use of the word “Scramble” for a word game, was too close to their trademarked word “Scrabble”. Zynga is the company behind of the online gaming hit […]

Oct
30
2013

The color purple (2)

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Cadbury is purple, and well known for it, as we wrote earlier. But now the English Court of Appeal has sided with competitor Nestlé in the on-going war of the color purple, between Cadbury and Nestlé. Cadbury has attempted in 2004 to register a shade of purple as a trademark for chocolate-based products. The specific color purple […]

Oct
29
2013

Facebook on pause

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Cody Romano is “a strategic communicator with a tech background with focus on telling true stories that entertain and engage people”, as stated on his website . A few weeks ago he developed a break your facebook app that lets you have structured breaks from Facebook. He also registered the domain name www.breakyourfacebook.com which got […]

Oct
24
2013

Star Wars

Darth Vader

It’s has been more than 35 years ago: the first Star Wars movie came out and was an unprecedented success. 2 films followed and more than 15 years later, an other trilogy was released. With the success of these films, many merchandising products followed: Star Wars dolls , t – shirts , you name it. […]

Oct
22
2013

Van Halen

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The legendary rock band Van Halen has started a remarkable legal battle in regard of the trademark VAN HALEN. The band filed oppositions against trademark applications of VAN HALEN by the ex-wife Kelly Van Halen (who was married to Alex Van Halen). What we all know, having a certain name does not entitle you to […]

Oct
21
2013

Gone in an Insta-nt

instagrille - instagram

Instagram was an amazing hit. The photo sharing platform, famous for its cool, retro filters that can be applied to your everyday photos, was such a big hit, Facebook bought it for a cool billion dollars. That’s billion, with a ‘b’: $1.000.000.000,00. Just like Facebook is eager on defending their trademark, the new addition to […]

Oct
18
2013

Fukup

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Linguistic checks. Can’t live without them. Sometimes your carefully branded name has a meaning in other countries or languages your didn’t even know about. Fukushima Industries said Tuesday it was rethinking its “Fukuppy” mascot, after negative news about it went viral on the Internet. Fukushima is an Osaka-based refrigerator maker, whose name derives from its founder. Unfortunately, […]

Oct
17
2013

The Dead Sea

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A big case in Israel. Dead Sea Premier Laboratories, a leading manufacturer of cosmetic products based on mineral of the Dead Sea, has started a lawsuit against Amazon on the basis of trademark and copyright infringement. What is going on? Well, Dead Sea Premier Laboratories sells rather expensive and exclusive products. This company suffers from […]

Oct
15
2013

Spam!

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This post contains spam! Oh no! Well, we have to “spam” you because the case is about the trademark SPAM. On one side SPAM for meat. You probably know this trademark (left). On the other side the defendants who are using the trademark SPAM for an energy drink. Are these trademarks confusingly similar? No. The […]

Oct
14
2013

Frank is not a Mark

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It’s a small house, but an enormous tourist attraction in Amsterdam: the Anne Frank House. Named after Anne Frank, a daughter of a Jewish couple that hid from the Germans in a secret annex, behind a bookcase, during the Second World War. Anne used her diary to get her frustration of hiding off her chest. […]

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