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Apr
28
2017

Waste of energy

waste of energy

A man was sentenced to seven years in prison over counterfeit energy drinks. The man, Walid Jamil, was a member of an operation that sold counterfeit versions of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy. He was in charge of designing and printing cardboard boxes that resembled authentic 5-Hour Energy products. Furthermore, he had authentic bottle sleeves […]

Apr
26
2017

The copy-tote bag?

The copy-tote bag?

Copyright infringement is a hot subject nowadays. On internet everything is visible and sometimes music, art or designs are resembling. Which gives an oppertunity of a good news item. In the media often the words plagiarism/copycats are used. For example, on the website Dezeen the similarity between the designer bag of Balenciaga and the IKEA’s […]

Apr
24
2017

Trumpchi

trumpchi

Chinese car manufacturer GAC Motor is considering changing the name of the company’s main automotive company, Trumpchi. And you would not believe the reason behind it. The name ‘Trumpchi’ resembles the Chinese word Chuanqi, which translates to something like ‘legendary’. But now the car company want to expand its market to the US. And that’s where it […]

Apr
21
2017

Brand it like Beckham

brand it like beckham

Victoria Beckham has turned her daughter into a trademark for make-up, toys and clothing at just five years old. Harper, the daughter of David and Victoria Beckham, has not have a career of her own. Obviously. She’s just five years old. But this has not stopped Harper’s mother to trademark her daughter’s name. The former […]

Apr
19
2017

Who owns Deep Purple?

Who owns Deep Purple?

Who owns the the band name DEEP PURPLE? Deep Purple was the name of the favorite jazz song number of former guitarist of the band, Richard Blackmore. This guitarist left the band in 1993 but filed the name 20 years later as a European trademark. Ian Paice, a current member of the band, opposed this trademark. A […]

Apr
13
2017

Not as sharp as a trademark

Not as sharp as a trademark

If you use a name for a company in the course of trade then this name is (generally speaking) protected as a company name. The protection itself depends on the laws of that country. In the Netherlands it is not allowed to use a company name that is confusingly similar to an other. However, there […]

Apr
12
2017

Whose photograph is it?

whose photograph is it

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has settled a major copyright infringement claim over his hit single ‘Photograph’. Photograph was the fifth single from Sheeran’s 2014 album ‘X’. Fellow songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the British artist last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song “Amazing”. The songwriters claimed the chorus of the […]

Apr
11
2017

Two bulls

two bulls

Grupo Osborne is known for (amongst other products) its sherry. Probably everyone recognizes the bull left, a quite distinctive logo. Since the bull is so distinctive, Grupo Osborne defends this logo actively. For this reason it filed an opposition against another logo with a bull. Both logos have a silhouette of a bull. Only the […]

Apr
10
2017

Cocoa loco

Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name that the company says is “confusingly similar” to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia. Virginia-based company The McLean claims that the chocolates sold in Madison by Syovata Edari may not be branded “CocoVaa”. The company contends the similarity in the […]

Apr
5
2017

Slipper suit

Slipper suit

Sports brand Puma has filed a law suit over pop artist Rihanna’s shoes. After reports that retailer Forever 21 is offering lookalike versions of footwear from Rihanna’s Fenty line for Puma, the German sportswear brand is striking back with a design patent, trade dress, and copyright infringement lawsuit. Puma claims that the LA-based fast fashion […]

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