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Jun
2
2015

Stars in Europe

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More about the FIFA. An organization for which – so it seems – money is the dominant element (and not football). Remarkable is that the host of the World Championship must comply with a full book of requirements. For example, the host is obliged to register a list of trademarks of the FIFA, without any costs, […]

Jun
1
2015

Viva FIFA!

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Until recently the most powerful man in football. His presidency has been overshadowed by claims of corruption, especially with regard to the appointment of the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. It is going to be freakishly hot over there in summer – leading to FIFAs back-up plan to move it to […]

May
29
2015

Conchita Wurst

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Still a big thing in Europe, the Eurovision Song Contest, which recently took place. The winner of this edition was Sweden. Last year the widely discussed Conchita Wurst won the contest. With her/his sudden worldwide reputation, the name Conchita Wurst was filed by the manager for – amongst others – entertainment, CD’s and clothing. Right […]

May
27
2015

Grand Theft Franchise

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Video game developer Rockstar (best known for the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game series) and publisher Take Two, have announced that they are suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its new documentary ‘Game Changer’. BBCs ‘Game Changer’ documentary focuses on how the GTA-franchise was initially created at Rockstar, and on the impact the video […]

May
26
2015

Moose ®

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Abercrombie & Fitch, the famous American clothing brand, has a moose in its logo. This moose is also registered as a three-dimensional mark (see left picture). Quite useful, as Abercrombie & Fitch faced another European application of a Moose for clothing. Two logos with a moose. This gives a conceptual similarity. But this similarity does not […]

May
22
2015

Knife fight

Global Knives

Global, the well-known manufacturer of knifes, has lost a trademark fight over the appearance of its knife handles. In an attempt to register the dotted pattern on the handles of its knives as a 3d-trademark, the Japanese knife maker ran into a negative decision by the European General Court. The court noted that the handle has […]

May
19
2015

Superplane

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The name Icon5 sounds promising. The ideal name for a super plane, which this sport aircraft is. First of all, this plane can land on water and on land! Moreover, in addition to the light-weight materials, there is this very cool cockpit, specially designed by car designers. Thus, Icon5 is a special plane. But a […]

May
19
2015

Skype is the limit

Skype-Logo

Video chat service Skype lost in an EU court battle. Its name is considered to be too similar to the name of television corporation Sky and could confuse the public. British broadcaster Sky filed an opposition with the European Trademarks Office (OHIM) almost a decade ago: Sky and Skype are too similar, they claimed. Many […]

May
15
2015

Mode or Sex?

Sex and the City - Mode and the City

MarkMatters.com is still in France, shopping the streets until we find something “trademark-infringement-worthy”. And again: bulls eye! A little shop in the pittoresque French town of Limoges: Mode and the City. A shop heavily inspired by Sex and the City, up to the styling and use of black and pink. Trademark infringement? Maybe not. Copyright […]

May
13
2015

Pauwel Kwak

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Pauwel Kwak is a Belgian beer with a fruity and malty aroma,  slightly spiced, with hints of nougat and caramelized banana. It is brewed by the Bosteels Brewery, a brewery that is owned by the same family for seven generations. Sounds good! Kwak beer is best known for its unique glass. This glass was developed at the […]

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