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Apr
8
2014

Soled out (3)

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Bad news for Christian Louboutin, after a Belgian court has invalidated their registered trademark for red-soled shoes in the Benelux, Louboutin has been a big source for our blog over the last years (see earlier posts here), and yet again the shoe designer takes the IP spotlight. The Belgian court ruled that the red sole cannot […]

Apr
7
2014

Mouse fight?

deadmau5

No cat fight but a mouse fight. That is how you could call the dispute between the famous DJ Deadmau5 and Mickey Mouse. But it is not yet a dispute: Disney has extended the opposition period with the USPTO and is now investigating the possibilities.Deadmau5 is a famous DJ and is known for the mouse […]

Apr
3
2014

Grand Italy

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A trademark must be distinctive, one of the pitfalls of trademark law. A trick you can use in order to register a descriptive mark is to add a distinctive word or logo. Still, the scope of protection of the words will be limited, in case of a logo, this protection will normally concern the combination […]

Mar
31
2014

Google Naps

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And an other parody on Google has been introduced in the world: no Google Maps , but Google Naps. A way to find your place for a perfect nap. This can be a comfortable bench in a park but also a sofa in someone’s home. Is such a parody allowed? Well, the logo is almost […]

Mar
28
2014

Ferrari fights fan

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Ferrari is in the middle of a legal battle with a 21-year-old fan, over a Facebook Page. Sammy Wasem, an amateur race-car driver, was 15 when he started a Ferrari fan page, which became one of the most popular car sites on Facebook. Six years later, at the age of 21, he is being sued by […]

Mar
27
2014

Trademarkforce

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A strong brand makes a lot of money. With a strong brand you sell more products or services, and, in some cases, you get money out of merchandising. A good example is Disney, think of the the dozens of Cars-products, of course  very lucrative for Disney. Another example is the U.S. Air Force, a trademark […]

Mar
25
2014

No laughing

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LMFAO is a popular music duo, best known for its party rock. LMFAO was not very active last years but before the “break” they had several hits. The name LMFAO stands for Laughing My Fucking Ass Off , i.e. internet language. LMFAO filed its name in the European Union but ran into opposition of the […]

Mar
21
2014

ITMA-SFC

SFC

Our trademark attorneys never have a dull moment. Even during a city trip to London. Two of our trademark attorneys are attending the ITMA Spring Conference. Whilst walking around Westminster they spotted this cool trademarks infringement. Remind you of anything? Have a nice weekend!

Mar
19
2014

Malfunctioning ring (2)

Four of five Olympic Rings are seen lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Well, we hate to tell you “We told you so”, but… We told you so! Following our post earlier this week about the Russian entrepreneur that wanted to trademark the malfunctioning four rings of the Sochi Opening Ceremony, the governing body for the Olympic Games has now stated it will oppose the trademark registration in […]

Mar
18
2014

No copycat

puma

Puma is a famous brand. The same applies to the logo, a jumping puma. Can Puma  act against every logo of a feline? Despite of the worldwide reputation of the logo,  the answer is not necessarily a yes. Much depends on the similarity between the marks, between products and services, the relevant circumstances of the […]

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