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Sep
26
2013

Solediers

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It is a trend that companies distinguish their products by using unusual distinctive elements: socks with a red top, shoes with bells instead of laces and of course, the ultimate unusual trademark: the red sole of Louboutin. Now in South Africa we can add a variant: not the color of the sole but the motive […]

Sep
25
2013

It’s not bunny

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The Playboy brands has been the centre of a trademark parody. Feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, created a parody site posing as the magazine, using the Playboy name and logo. The parody site was intended to raise awareness about the importance of consent and resisting what the activists call “rape culture.” A funny, smart, […]

Sep
24
2013

Coffee and guns

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Last week Starbucks asked everybody to leave its weapons at home when visiting a Starbucks. A safe idea while sipping your double latte! But not everybody thinks that way. The website Ilovegunsandcoffee.com, with a parody of the logo of Starbucks, is made by coffee lovers and weapons lovers. While the website informs everybody that they […]

Sep
23
2013

Balls of Gold

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A British couple has won the right to use the trademark Golden Balls for their company, after having battled FIFA up to the European Court of Justice. Businessman Gus Bodur and his wife Inez, have been forced to shell out more than £100,000 in legal fees since the FIFA Ballon d’Or – a globally recognised […]

Sep
20
2013

Lady Aga

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Pop icon Lady Gaga has her ‘legal eagles’ to force an Irish chef to change the name of her new start-up business. Nikki Walsh had worked hard for months and made huge investment into building up her catering and food business. Where is the problem? In the catchy brand name: Lady Aga. Nikki Walsh says […]

Sep
19
2013

All about football

New logo A.C. milan registered as a trademark

Today a post dedicated to football. This week the Champions League began with great games, for example the 6-1 victory of Real Madrid, spectacular figures in modern football. Maybe a bit less spectacular news, at least for the average football fan, is the application of AC Milan of a new logo. No entirely the new […]

Sep
18
2013

Polar bear infringement

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Berlin Zoo will keep the rights to the name of Knut. The cute cuddly polar bear that captured hearts worldwide and devastated fans when he died. You must remember this: Knut, born in December 2006, shot to global fame after he was abandoned by his mother and was raised by hand by a zookeeper. This quickly […]

Sep
17
2013

Relief of cocktail hang-overs

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We plunge in the world of cocktails. Everybody knows the famous cocktails with names often as beautiful as the drink itself. This certainly not applies to the latest trendy cocktail in Chicago: the OxyContin. This name refers to the trademark OxyContin which contains the substance Oxycodone and belongs to a group of morphine-like medicines. It […]

Sep
10
2013

Jean Cocteau

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First some history: Jean Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, designer and more. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles. Jean Cocteau had friends like Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dittrich and Coco Chanel. And now, his name in his typical handwriting has been filed as an European trademark for many products like jewels, […]

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