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Jul
23
2013

Facebook not happy with Facelook

Facelook infringement on trademark Facebook?

A hair salon in Dubai called Facelook can expect a severe letter, sent by Facebook. Although Facebook is still studying on this matter, it is clear that they do not appreciate the name and logo of this hair salon. According to the owner the logo’s are not the same: “For a normal guy, with a […]

Jul
22
2013

Flip or Flow?

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Flowboard. Flipboard. Are these name confusingly similar? The people behind the popular Flipboard app certainly think so. Brent Brookler, CEO of Treemo and creator of e-publishing iPad app Flowboard, says Flipboard has been threatening him with legal action since shortly after their app launched back in April, asking him to change the name of his […]

Jul
18
2013

Flynt versus Flynt

Trademark dispute between the Flynts

Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, has started a lawsuit against his own brother, Jimmy Flynt. Why? Well, it is all about trademark infringement: the use of the name Flynt on a shop for (of course) erotic products. The full name of the shop is Jimmy Flynt Sexy Gifts-Naple. The trademark Flynt is belonging to Flynt, Larry Flynt. In the […]

Jul
15
2013

Will.I.Sue

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Last week was all about IP infringement in music (see our posts about Jay-Z and Ke$ha) But it just keeps on coming. Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams wants a judge to rule that a trademark for his “I am OTHER” company is not infringing on Will.i.am’s “I AM” trademark. Pharrell filed a suit last week in federal […]

Jul
12
2013

Another AppStore

Apple-App-Store

Apple has been known to use quite descriptive trademarks along with an i-prefix: iPhone and iPad. But there has been some legal battle over the Apple AppStore as well. Apple has not been shy about going after competitors in court. And it doesn’t really matter how big the opponent is: Google, Samsung, Amazon. Online books-and-everything-else-store […]

Jul
11
2013

Tasteless

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Who has planned a holiday to Thailand this summer can eat a remarkable restaurant: Hitler Fried Chicken. The identity of Kentucky Fried Chicken has been borrowed, just one “slight” difference has been made: instead of Colonel Sanders the head of Hitler has been placed. Kentucky Fried Chicken has already announced to take legal action in […]

Jul
9
2013

The Cronut hype

Hype Cronut leads to many trademark applications

The latest hype in New York: the Cronut, a combination of a croissant and a donut. The creator is pastry chef Dominique Ansel and he was has just in time to register his mark in the United States. Some days after his application other application followed like the Cronut Hole. Meanwhile, the rage has arrived […]

Jul
8
2013

Jay-Z not so lazy

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Who knew rappers were into IP? Shawn Corey Carter, better known as Jay-Z – you know, the guy who trademarked his daughters name “Blue Ivy Carter” so he can keep it exclusive – is also pretty keen on keeping his own name to himself. Carter owns several trademark registration for his stage name Jay-Z. Recently […]

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