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Dec
5
2013

World Cup

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Women football is becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands and other European countries. In Canada women football can still use some support. That’s why an organization in Vancouver created a campaign called “Why the Women’s World Cup Matters “. FIFA, the world Football Federation who also owns all the trademarks, has objected against this use […]

Dec
4
2013

Wonton Abbey

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The producers of the British period drama television series “Downton Abbey” have done quite well for themselves. The show is a hit.  And in Britain and the U.S., they’ve rolled out a wide range of branded merchandise; clothes, jewellery, cosmetics and even wine. But they’re missing one of the biggest markets: China. Several Chinese entrepreneurs […]

Dec
3
2013

Pirates of the European

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Disney may have a nice reputation, do not harm their trademarks! Josef Frank Roedel has experienced the vast and strict approach of Disney: he filed the trademark PIRATES OF THE EUROPEAN in the European Union. Disney directly filed an opposition against this trademark application on the basis of several trademarks of their blockbuster. Despite that […]

Nov
27
2013

Entrepreneurs

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Remember that story about former President George W. Bush claiming the French didn’t have a word for “entrepreneur?” Well, if one business magazine has its way, Americans won’t have one either. Entrepreneur Media, a company that publishes a magazine about entrepreneurs called Entrepreneur’s StartUps, is suing Marylander Janice McLean Deloatch over the name The Entrepreneur’s […]

Nov
26
2013

LogoThief

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MarkMatters is somewhat reluctant of the idea of ​a digital pillory. In this respect, we do have found an initiative that stays at the good side: LogoThief. Here you will find logo’s that have been copied by others. Most examples on this website are evident copies. Funny to say, most clear cases deal with original […]

Nov
25
2013

Is a British pheasant a pigeon?

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Jack Wills and department store House of Fraser are disputing over the use of a bird logo. Jack Wills is a mid-range British clothing brand, aimed at university students. House of Fraser is a British department store group with over 60 stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Jack Wills’ company logo features a silhouette […]

Nov
22
2013

Bung for your buck

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A Bangkok street stall coffee vendor has dropped his “Starbung Coffee” sign, after Starbucks took him to court for trademark infringement. ”Bung” means brother in Malay. Last month Starbucks Coffee Company demanded the owner, Damrong Maslee, to remove the “Starbung Coffee” logo from his sidewalk stall in the Thai capital. The international coffee giant also demanded compensation […]

Nov
21
2013

Trademark battlefield

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Back to the USA. Actually, back to Vietnam. The non-profit organization Vietnam Battlefield Tours has taken Military Historical Tours Inc. into court because of the use of the name Vietnam Battlefield Tours. Both companies offer tours to Vietnam to visit, obviously, the battlefields. The consumer in both cases are the veterans and this creates confusion, […]

Nov
20
2013

Not so Gucci

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The fashion world is shocked. Well, Gucci is. After losing the rights to an important trademark in the UK. As you may know, registering a trademark is just the first step. Within 5 years (in most countries) you must actually use the mark. Of you don’t, it can be cancelled. Gucci’s competitor Gerry Weber challenged […]

Nov
19
2013

Polar Express

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Outside it is getting cold (at least in Europe). Cold outside means warm inside and celebrating Christmas. In Chicago you take Santa’s Polar Express during Christmas. This name refers to the popular novel about the magical train that brings children all the way up to the North Pole to see Santa Claus. This name also […]

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