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Aug
3
2015

Barberry’s

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You trademark attorneys out there may recognise this: you’re on a well deserved holiday, trying not to think about work. But meanwhile, you can’t help but spot all the possible trademark infringements that surround you. Since summer holidays are here, perhaps we can help each other out. We ran into this cute little barber shop, […]

Jul
31
2015

Don’t Doobie

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The Doobie Brothers have filed a trademark lawsuit against a ’70s cover band called the Doobie Decimal System, claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar”. Music is a doctor. But can the doctor heal this legal wound? The American rock band The Doobie Brothers has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their five decade career, […]

Jul
29
2015

Black & beautiful

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It is summer, time to barbecue. So after the post yesterday about the sausages, we stick with barbecues, hamburgers an cheese. This week a hot topic in Holland was the latest campaign of the cheese brand Old Amsterdam. Thinking of hamburgers, you think of pickles, a roll, and cheese. And the cheese was the key […]

Jul
27
2015

Wurst case scenario

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Did you hear about the one where the trademark attorney takes a bratwurst to court? Well, it happened in Wisconsin. Milwaukee based company Klement Sausage is suing competitor Sheboygan’s Johnsville Sausage for infringing its trademark slogan. Klement claims it successfully registered the trademark “Backyard Bratwurst” back in  2009 for ‘bratwurst’, and that Johnsville was denied a […]

Jul
23
2015

Red, red and red

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Yes, this post is about the colour red. This colour is the main subject of a recent decision of the Court of First Instance (T631/14). On one hand, red is the colour of the sole in the famous position mark of Louboutin. Against this trademark the company Roland filed an opposition based on their trademark […]

Jul
15
2015

Raffles – 5 shining stars?

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Raffles is a luxury hotel in Singapore with a the reputation that goes far beyond the borders of Singapore. Meanwhile Raffles has some scattered locations around the world. Oddly enough in Europe only 1 hotel is connected to the Raffles empire: hotel Royal Monceau, with the caption Raffles Paris. Raffles has protected its logo and […]

Jul
9
2015

Coco & Yves et Coco

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Coco & Yves et Coco. This sounds like a French movie starring a small village on the countryside. A movie full off joie de vivre and humor. But no, the truth is that this is a trademark battle, between Chanel and two women who thought they had an appealing trademark. The fight does take place […]

Jul
8
2015

NIN-issue

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The well known band Nine Inch Nails have sent a “polite” letter to three politician from the Canadian state of Alberta who are using a parody on their band logo. So what happened here? Alberta premier Rachel Notley, Edmonton mayor Don Iveson and Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi have show off their “Notley Iveson Nenshi” t-shirts, promoting “building a […]

Jul
7
2015

Flat tyre

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A very interesting decision has been ruled by the Boards of Appeal of the OHIM. Interesting because this Board gives it opinion about the admissibility of  new evidence and the scope of genuine use. The opposition against a trademark SPORTNEX was filed by Goodyear Dunlop with their trademark SPORTMAX as a basis. The use requirements […]

Jul
6
2015

A classic loss for Nike

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Nike – the company that owns the plant making the iconic “Converse All Star” basketball shoes – has failed to stop a Penang-based company from using the “Classic Jazz Star” brand for its high-cut basketball shoes. It was ruled that although there is some visual similarity between the two star devices in the competing marks, […]

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