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Aug
14
2014

The burden of being famous

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After many years of procedural actions, there is finally a decision in the Irish opposition between the well known fashion brand Calvin Klein and calinkalin, a brand for (mainly) maternity wear. Calvin Klein argued that consumers could be confused. The Irish Trademarks Office should take into account that Calvin Klein is widely known which leads […]

Aug
13
2014

Fabergé diamonds (2)

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This week a US federal court ordered Faberge, a Brooklyn restaurant, to come up with a new name by the end of August. The restaurants was summoned by luxury jeweller Faberge to stop using their name. Restaurant Faberge opened last fall in Brooklyn New York, in a neighbourhood that has a large Russian immigrant population. […]

Aug
12
2014

The P of Pirelli

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The logo of Pirelli is an iconic logo. Especially the P in this logo. Since the P is the dominant part in this logo, Pirelli also has registered the sole P.  A defensive smart move as the P alone is now protected. But what if the P is always used in combination with the rest […]

Aug
11
2014

Te-Si-La (2)

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Tesla Motors, the electric carmaker, finally resolved the trademark dispute that threatened their plans to sell electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest car market. As we posted earlier, Chinese business man Zhan Baoshen registered “Te Si La” in 2006, and is refusing to give the trademark up. Now Tesla Motors reached an agreement  with Zhan Baoshen to […]

Aug
7
2014

Spinning downhill

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The European trademark SPINNING is history. The OHIM has ruled that this trademark has become a generic word for exercise training and equipment. The case started with a lawsuit by Mad Dogg, owner of the Eu mark SPINNING, against a Czech company. This company filed a revocation action with the OHIM against the European trademark […]

Aug
6
2014

Bye bye birdie?

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Last week we posted about Twitter’s failed attempt to trademark the word ‘tweet’. Another company beat them to it. They did, however, register the word ‘retweet’ as a trademark. But will they be able to prevent this new toy bird? For sale for about €15,-: a KooKoo bird that retweets everything you say.  It even says […]

Aug
5
2014

Ronaldo’s loss

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Ronaldo is an icon. His fame has grown ever since he was a footballer at Manchester United, and continues with his goals at Real Madrid. But since 2013 he is also known as the owner of an underwear line called CR7. Recently, his second collection of CR7 was presented internationally. But even celebrities run into […]

Aug
4
2014

Strings and ties

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Sexy lingerie chain Victoria’s Secret has lost a trademark dispute over the name ‘Pink’. A UK court ruled that the lingerie brand’s “Pink” clothing line could confuse customers with its “sexy, mass-market appeal.” Victoria’s Secret launched its line of clothing in 2004, aimed at “college girls”. UK traditional shirtmaker Thomas Pink Ltd. with a flagship store in London […]

Aug
1
2014

Remarkable trademark attempts

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Just because it’s Friday: 5 remarkable trademark attempts: Twitter lost the word “tweet” to a third-party developer, as it was too late filing a trademark application. The New England Patriots football team were not able to register “19-0″, after a crushing 19-0 Super Bowl victory. The application was refused. US wholesale chain Walmart tried to claim the […]

Jul
29
2014

Victorious Facebook

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Defensive trademark registrations of parts of your mark? Facebook does not need them as Facebook has no problem at all to defend its brand. Two recent oppositions were won gloriously. Remarkably, both oppositions concerned another wordelement in Facebook. In the first opposition Facebook objected to FaceBusks. The OHIM ruled that the two marks were visually […]

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