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Jun
19
2015

Mouse Musical

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A trademark dispute between electronic music producer Deadmau5 and a musical that featured a mouse’s journey to becoming a professional DJ was resolved in record time: just 24 hours after starting. You may remember Deadmau5 from its legal battle with Disney over Deadmau5’s use of a “Mickey-like” logo. The whole thing started after Deadmau5 sent a cease-and-desist […]

Jun
18
2015

Anthotels

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An ant as a logo is a distinctive and original feature for your business. But if your business is running a hotel, the choice for an ant is quite remarkable. As a hotel, you do not want to be directly associated with an ant. Well, despite of this association, Fiesta Hotels has registered  a 3D […]

Jun
17
2015

White Russian

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Pernod Ricard’s Absolut division is suing a US liquor distributor over infringing the trademarks on its coffee liqueur brand Kahlua. Happy Hearts Wine – a New York orthodox Jewish distributor of kosher drinks – is selling a coffee liqueur named Kahfua. Pernod Ricard claims that the brands are way too similar, and that the Kafua […]

Jun
16
2015

Power to the people

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Some cases are bound to fail. According to Emmett Benjamin of House of Christ Temple Divine, director Spike Lee infringes its trademark rights by choosing for ‘Chiraq’ as the title of his latest film. ‘Chiraq’ is a word used by this religious movement and according to Benjamin the use of this word by Spike Lee […]

Jun
15
2015

No break for Nestlé

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Confectionery giant Nestlé’s attempt to trademark the shape of its four-finger KitKat bar in the UK, will likely be put to rest by the European Court. The court has not yet ruled, but the opinion of the advocate-general – normally followed by the court – effectively ends Nestlé’s attempts to trademark the snack. It also ends […]

Jun
11
2015

Crunch

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A remarkable trademark application of the Swedish company Crunchfish. The trademark represents the closing of a hand. To be more specific (and to quote the trademark holder himself): “The trade mark comprises nine still pictures representing a moving image of a hand with an open palm and the fingers upward, that closes in a gripping […]

Jun
10
2015

So many books, so little time

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Vermont (USA) start-up Designbook revealed that it had been approached by lawyers from social-networking giant Facebook, pushing it to change its name. Facebook has filed an opposition to the trademark “Designbook” at the US Patent and Trademark Office. In its battle, Designbook got an unexpected powerful ally: the governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin. Having read […]

Jun
5
2015

Robyn. The Girl Wonder.

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Rihanna may be a superhero to her fans, but according to trademark law, she is not. A recent application to trademark her birth name, Robyn, has caused DC Comics, the creators of the original superhero franchise, to oppose. The reason: Batman’s loyal helper: Robin “The Boy Wonder”. The famous singer filed a trademark in 2014 […]

Jun
4
2015

Like the sun

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When you have registered your trademark you have to be provident on your right. Of course without sending cease and desist letters to half the world, you do have to defend your trademark against infringement. And you have to use your trademark always as a trademark (and not in a generic way). Especially when others […]

Jun
3
2015

Seven

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7-Eleven sues York County ‘mom and pop’ business for trademark infringement 7-Eleven, the US convenience store chain, is suing a small ‘mom and pop’ business in York County for trademark infringement and unfair competition. In their lawsuit, 7-Eleven stated that Asfand Khan – owner of Super 7 Food Mart – adopted the name Super-7 and […]

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