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Sep
18
2017

Chicken Cease and Desist

Chicken Cease and Desist

When launching a new brand a search on the availability is very important. If the trademark is not available then you can avoid problems by choosing for a different trademark or changing the name or logo. However, it often happens that a brand is encountering trademark problems. Like the American company South Philly Cheese steaks […]

Sep
18
2017

Movie poster infringement?

Movie poster infringement?

Two posters look very much alike. But is it plagiarism? ‘No’, says copyright expert Jan Vegchel. The case is questions concerns two posters. One poster is from the movie Le Mépris (1963), starring Brigitte Bardot and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and the other one is from an International Film Festival “Film by the Sea”. Bob […]

Sep
12
2017

Monkey business (4)

Monkey business (4)

Probably, everyone knows the case where photographer David Slater attempted to take a picture of the black crested macaque in Indonesia in 2011. A monkey picked up one of his cameras and started playing with it, taking hundreds of photos. Most images failed, but a few of the pictures were quite sharp and the selfie […]

Sep
11
2017

Smoking gum

Wrigley’s, already responsible for one of the classic Intellectual Property decisions with its Doublemint-case, is doubling down again. This time against Chi-Town Vapers, a company that sells e-cigarette liquids online. The main issue? The names of the vape liquid flavour: “Dbl Mint” and “Joosy Fruit”. The Chicago-based candy giant filed a trademark infringement lawsuit, stating Chi-Town Vapers […]

Sep
8
2017

Ferrari Testalossa

ferrari testalossa

Ferrari has lost its Testarossa trademark in Germany. In a remarkable decision by a German court, Ferrari has lost the rights to the “Testarossa” trademark in the country. The name may now only be used by a German toy maker. The Italian sports car manufacturer was sued by German toy maker Autec, over the rights […]

Sep
6
2017

Wordmark versus a plain logo

Wordmark versus a plain logo

Imagine you have a clothing brand RABE (raven). You also have an associated logo that consists of a raven (see below on the left). At one point you find out that someone has filed a raven logo for clothing (logo right). Can you object this logo on the basis of your registered wordmark RABE and […]

Sep
4
2017

Beer for girls

Beer for girls

Every once in a while you see it: a beautiful, clear trademark infringement. But not on a market in Marrakech or at a Chinese mall. No, just here, in Holland. In plain sight. Girl Out of Control makes us think of… well… girls out of control, because they drank too much beer. Heineken beer, that […]

Aug
30
2017

Jumbo – the supermarkets

Jumbo - the supermarkets

With internet and social media the world is turned into one big marketplace. On the other hand, trademark registration and protection remain a local thing: this should be arranged per country or region, with cost-effective solutions such as the International registration at hand. As there is no such thing as a worldwide registration, the situation […]

Aug
23
2017

A world of imagination

A world of imagination

With the Hilton post we already warned you about the wandering Knijff attorneys. It is holiday time! Well, one of our colleague spotted a new case on Greece: a park called Sandyland. Of course, the typography of Sandyland is very similar to Disneyland and a clear breach of the trademark rights. The logo has even […]

Aug
21
2017

Trumpet trademark beats Trump

Trumpet trademark beats Trump

Donald Trump has lost a trademark law suit to a trumpet player over the name iTrump. Tom Scharfeld, a 40-year-old-engineer and amateur musician, created an iPhone app designed to teach people how to play the trumpet: iTrump. This month, Scharfeld won his grueling six-year legal fight against Donald Trump. The best thing about the case: […]

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