Toy giant Lego is taking legal action against a high-flying New Zealand company claiming some of its toy designs are too similar. Zuru Toys, the counterparty, however, is standing their ground stating that Lego can't claim a monopoly on plastic [...]


Weight a minute!


Dieters with New Year's resolutions to lose weight, got mixed up when trying to download the Weight Watchers app. Apparently, a large number of downloaders got the app confused with that of British pub chain Wetherspoon. On the app store, [...]

Weight a minute!2019-03-19T09:20:43+02:00

Why would a sheriff do that?


Normally, as a clothing brand, you want your clothes on as many people as you can. Well, you should be careful what you wish for. A sheriff in Union County, Arkansas (USA) has been putting Nike t-shirts on people they arrest [...]

Why would a sheriff do that?2018-10-30T08:57:54+02:00

I am… too famous


The big trick is to get your trademark well-known, famous even. This takes a lot of marketing effort, but who doesn't want to be up there with Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola? Well, the city of Amsterdam doesn't; it is removing a [...]

I am… too famous2018-10-30T08:55:25+02:00

Bakery Anne & Frank changes name


The owner of the Anne & Frank bakery in Amsterdam is going to change its name after receiving a lot of negative attention on social media. The bakery is situated about 100 metres away from the famous Anne Frank House, [...]

Bakery Anne & Frank changes name2018-09-10T07:45:47+02:00

Summer Holiday infringements


Before everything goes back to normal and the summer holidays are really over: the last in our series of Summer Holiday trademark infringements. Because trademark attorneys are never really on holiday. From our colleague in Vietnam:

Summer Holiday infringements2018-10-02T13:41:03+02:00

Summer Holiday infringements


Markmatters is back from its summer holiday and ready to provide you with more remarkable, funny and interesting IP news. But first we want to share the trademark infringements we encountered during our holidays; a trademark attorney is never really [...]

Summer Holiday infringements2018-08-27T12:50:44+02:00

Brexit Against The Machine


Politician Nigel Farage has received a cease-and-desist letter from the band Rage Against The Machine over the name of his podcast. Farage has been presenting a podcast named Farage Against The Machine on the radio. The title is a play on [...]

Brexit Against The Machine2018-07-13T10:51:18+02:00

Uber knows when you’re drunk


Uber is interested to know if its riders may have had too much to drink. It now has a technology to do just that, and it wants to patent it. Do you struggle to hold your phone steady while ordering [...]

Uber knows when you’re drunk2018-06-25T07:45:24+02:00
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