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Feb
3
2017

Nailed

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A Dutch nail salon is forbidden to use its name Chanelle by fashion brand Chanel. “But it is my own name!”, the owner says. In the city of Papendrecht, The Netherlands, a new nailbar opened. The owner, Le Ngyun, has immediately been faced with the ‘dangers’ of being an entrepreneur. Not long after opening her […]

Feb
22
2016

Chanel = Chanel®

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One of the greatest ‘compliments’ in branding is also the most dangerous enemy in trademark law: use as a generic. Did someone photoshop an image, or did he use Adobe® Photoshop® to enhance an image? Did someone xerox a document, or did he use a Xerox® copier to copy a document? Did someone blow his nose […]

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 […]

Jan
22
2015

Chanel, no. 2

Like in other countries, new parents in the Netherlands love to give their children a name inspired by a trademark. So, there are now babies called Bentley, Chevy, Davidson, Diesel, Joulz and Leonidas. The baby name Theflonh might however be an unfortunate coincidence. It often feels that you own your name. However, it is still […]

Sep
19
2012

Copycat Chanel

After seven years fashion house Chanel has lost a lawsuit against a subcontractor: a Paris court decided that Chanel was guilty of plagiarism, after copying a creation of its former subcontractor World Tricot. Meanwhile World Tricot has gone bankrupt: “all doors suddenly closed on us”. It started in 2004 when World Tricot founder Carmen Colle […]

Jun
25
2012

Palermo infringements

MarkMatters.com just returned from the annual ECTA conference in sunny, blazing hot Palermo where jacket and tie turned into buttoned down shirts and rolled up sleeves after only one day. Walking down the streets of the Sicilian city, we were not able to resist ‘enjoying’ the infringements that were out there. Here is a funny […]