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Jun
12
2014

A loss

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Onel is looking forward to the World Cup. Good football in a Brasilian atmosphere! Talking about Brasilian football players, there is always that question, who was a better football player, Pelé or Garrincha? In terms of fame Pelé wins. This reputation could however not prevail to lose an opposition procedure before the OHIM. Pelé had […]

Jun
11
2014

The apple does not fall far from the leaf

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Is the leaf just as famous as the apple? That’s the question in Apple’s newest trademark dispute. Apple wants to register the leaf, that is part of their iconic logo, as a separate trademark. But it has not yet succeeded. When the European trademark application for the leaf was rejected early this year, Apple appealed. The […]

Jun
10
2014

The bite of Dracula

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An interesting case before the European Court of First Instance concerning the bite of Dracula. Well, three trademarks Dracula Bite. A Romanian trademark holder (how could it be otherwise in the case of Dracula) filed three oppositions against the European applications Dracula Bite. Since the use requirements were applicable and the applicant requested proof of […]

Jun
5
2014

IP on balance

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Big IP news in the media yesterday: Karl Lagerfeld has been sued by New Balance because of similarity of their shoes. At first glance you will think that these shoes are similar. But in IP, you always have to look a bit closer to the elements that they bear: the ones that can be protected […]

Jun
4
2014

The trademark life of Pi

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Remember pi or π? That odd number (3,14159…) use to measure the perimeter and area of a circle? Who knew it would lead to a crazy trademark battle? That little symbol has been trademarked. Why, would you say? How is it possible to trademark a mathematical symbol. Well, simple. You can claim the symbol for […]

Jun
3
2014

Thin cookies

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You can call it an American tradition: girl scouts from Girl Scouts of the USA raise money by selling Girl Scouts cookies. They have been doing this since 1917. And with good results: they are selling more than 200 million boxes of cookies a year! One of the cookies is called Thin Mints. But now […]

May
27
2014

Food for talk

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We are used to see food knock-offs in China and surroundings. Fake Starbucks or McDonald’s branches copying everything except one letter in the name. In this edition it is Mike Wong, not situated in a small neighborhood in Beijing but in Geneva! Yes, Geneva home of the International registration, the most convenient way to protect […]

May
22
2014

King for a day

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King, of course a good word in a trademark. You automatically suggest something big and great. Recently King played a role in some food decisions regarding European Union trademarks. First, a cancellation action included the trademarks King and Curry King against Pasta King. The Cancellation Division found the word King still distinctive. Remarkable, as they […]

May
21
2014

Lucky number 13

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Teen idol and singer Taylor Swift is being sued by Lucky 13 Apparel Company over use of their trademark. ’13′ is Swift’s lucky number; her birthday is on December 13th, and her Twitter handle includes the number as well. She’s also been spotted on stage with the number drawn on her hand. But is the number really […]

May
20
2014

Stop!

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The the freedom of expression sometimes interferes with trademark rights. This often gives us very interesting case law. Where does an opinion stops using trademarks of others? In the present case, the goal was registering a trademark but in despite of a possible freedom of expression, the trademark still was refused. The trademark application in […]

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