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Jul
17
2018

Lil distinctive

Lil distinctive

One of the advantages of Spotify is that they provide us a worldwide database of all names of bands and artists. Spotify recently did a search as to artists with Lil in their names. This resulted in a list of over the 8.000 artists! The best known are Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil […]

Jul
16
2018

The Duvel is in the details

The Duvel is in the details

Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat has lost a court case against the Van Honsebrouck Brewery. The court did not agree with the brewery that Filou beer is confusingly similar to the famous Duvel beer. Duvel is one of Belgian’s most well-known beers. The brewery was not amused when they noticed that Van Honsebrouck, in their opinion, tried […]

Jul
13
2018

Brexit Against The Machine

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 the famous band’s name. And the band is not amused. The cease-and-desist letter is a […]

Jul
10
2018

Rebranding – the movie

A change in a corporate identity often also results in a new logo. However, changing a logo often has consequences for your trademark rights. What should you pay attention to when rebranding? In the video below we explain briefly which steps you have to take to introduce your new logo without infringing on older trademark […]

Jul
9
2018

Liberty and justice for all

liberty and justice for all

The US Post Office is ordered to pay $3.5 million for using a “wrong” image of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp. In 2010 the US Post Office released a “Forever” stamp featuring a photograph of the Statue of Liberty. But instead of the actual statue, the image was a photo of a Statue […]

Jul
3
2018

Jacobs’ Tale

Jacob's Tale

Douwe Egberts is a well-known coffee brand in the Netherlands but also known for various products in other countries. The owner of Douwe Egberts is the company Jacobs Douwe Egberts, which is the result of the merger between Douwe Egberts and Mondelez. Jacobs Douwe Egberts wanted to protect the Jacobs Douwe Egberts trademark in the […]

Jul
2
2018

You’ve bean sued

You've bean sued

The artist that created Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture, has filed a lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association (NRA) of copyright infringement, after it had used an image of his work in a video advertisement last year. Artist Anish Kapoor’s lawsuit is seeking the removal of the image from the video and damages for copyright infringement. […]

Jun
27
2018

Fidget spinner spins around

Fidget spinner spins around

Especially in the world of toys, trends and hypes come and go very fast. Suddenly everyone wants to make loom bands, or Pokemon is a huge hit. As a manufacturer or store you have to deal with this. One of the recent hypes was the fidget spinners, kind of hand spinners. There was a huge […]

Jun
22
2018

New Formula 1 logo launched too fast?

During the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in November 2017, the new F1 World Championship logo was unveiled. But the logo showed a striking resemblance to a trademark owned by 3M. The sticky note maker has filed an opposition to the trademark application of the F1-logo, claiming it causes a likelihood of confusion. 3M […]

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