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Jan
27
2015

The golden pelican

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The golden pelican (left) could not keep its golden status for very long. This trademark was filed in France for award services but faced an opposition by Pelikan, the famous brand for writing equipment. Of course, the trademarks of Pelikan are well protected, amongst others for services in class 41. However, the use requirements applied […]

Jan
26
2015

Sweet Reese’s (2)

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The Hershey Company has resolved a legal battle with an importer of foreign candy, after accusing them of copying their most famous products. Last week LBB Imports LLC signed an agreement with The Hershey Company to discontinue importing the products that have been infringing Hershey’s trademarks, says Jeff Beckman, a Hershey Company spokesman. It seemed […]

Jan
23
2015

Not all stars are All Stars (2)

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In October we wrote that Converse filed lawsuits, accusing more that 30 companies for ripping off the design of the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. One of the first victims: Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren and Converse have not settled the matters and the law suit has been withdrawn. As a result, Ralph Lauren […]

Jan
22
2015

Chanel, no. 2

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Like in other countries, new parents in the Netherlands love to give their children a name inspired by a trademark. So, there are now babies called Bentley, Chevy, Davidson, Diesel, Joulz and Leonidas. The baby name Theflonh might however be an unfortunate coincidence. It often feels that you own your name. However, it is still […]

Jan
21
2015

Kalvin Clein

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Sometimes counterfeit should be art, Jan-Dirk van der Burg must have thought. The Dutch photographer collected eleven items of counterfeit Calvin Klein underwear from all over the world, and made an impressive photo collection. The photos are set up as an actual Calvin Klein advertising campaign: black and white photos of muscular men in underwear. […]

Jan
20
2015

Dark Cloud

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Apple is certainly not thrilled with the recent ruling of the OHIM. The OHIM rejected its opposition against the trademark application of Dr. iCloud. Apple based its opposition on a variety of earlier trademarks. While OHIM acknowledged the enhanced scope of protection of the trademarks, it also confirms the low inherent distinctiveness of the word […]

Jan
19
2015

Tracks stolen by your ex

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Pop star Iggy Azalea has won a law suit against her ex-boyfriend after he stole her music. A federal judge in Los Angeles, has granted Azalea’s temporary injunction, in which she is blocking ex-boyfriend Maurice Williams from selling previously unreleased music from her earliest days without her consent. Azalea sued Williams for copyright and trademark […]

Jan
16
2015

Ale Tales

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A special place in our IP loving hearts is reserved for beer infringement. You gotta love ’em. This time, an infringement over IPA: Indian Pale Ale. Lagunitas Brewing Company is suing Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for infringement of their trademark IPA. Although the case hasn’t actually gone to court yet, beer lovers have been posting their […]

Jan
15
2015

The flying zebra

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Never heard of Zebra Air? That’s possible, this relatively young airline does not provide you with everyday trips. Business jets can be rented with Zebra Air  for “exclusive, pampered, jet-powered luxury voyage to any playground where clause you and you colleagues or family members can indulge themselves to the fullest.” Sounds good! And perhaps they […]

Jan
14
2015

Water down

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Artist Anthony Antonellis is getting slapped with a law suit over a rubber band. In a bottle of water. The “sculptures” that the artist sells are water bottles from the well known brand Poland Springs. The bottles are still filled with their original mineral water. However, Antonellis puts a power balance rubber band (a sports […]

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