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Apr
13
2018

A red tab. That must be a Levi’s.

A red tab. That must be a Levi's.

Jeans icon Levi’s is suing fashion brand Kenzo for trademark infringement over the use of a red pocket tab. Levi’s has been known worldwide for its famous red tabs on its jeans and other clothing. The maker of the iconic “501” now alleges that the small loops of fabric, which feature in a new collection by […]

Apr
10
2018

New Balance hijacked

New Balance hijacked

A nightmare for a well-known brand: someone applies for an almost identical trademark. This happened to New Balance. 3 people from Spain applied for the B New Balance logo (left) in the European Union for jewelry and alcoholic beverages. In addition to other pending cases against this application, New Balance also filed an invalidation action […]

Apr
9
2018

A politician that resembles a comic character

politician resembles comic character

A comic character suing a politician for looking too similar. That’s how crazy IP gets sometimes! So, what happened? Children’s comic Beano has accused Jacob Rees-Mogg, a British politician and Member of Parliament, “masquerading” as their character Walter Brown, a.k.a. “Walter the Softy”. It’s clear as day: the politician has copied Walter’s “snootiness”, his “hair […]

Mar
28
2018

Erdinger versus Eidingber

Erdinger versus Eidingber

Spring is coming and temperatures rise. Almost time for white beer on a terrace. And certainly for Erdinger’s white beers, which are also loved here in Weesp (the Knijff headquarters). Would we have been confused this summer if we had seen a beer called Eidingber? Probably yes. These words visually look the same, which is […]

Mar
26
2018

Culture clash

culture clash

A remarkable case in Belgium: an artist designed a tower of beach cabins, but is being sued for plagiarism by another artist with a very similar design. The tower of beach cabins by French artist Jean-François Fourtou is causing a lot of commotion in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist. The design is part of “Beaufort”, […]

Mar
14
2018

Yakult flushed away

Yakult flushed away

In the range of distinctive trademarks Yakult is probably one of the most distinctive: the name is unusual and the trademark enjoys a large reputation. It is therefore not surprising that this company wants to keep the trademark register free of other Yakult trademarks. Before you know it, Yakult’s trademark right is diluted and they […]

Mar
12
2018

H&M sued by graffiti artist

mischief

Fashion chain H&M has taken a graffiti artist to court over a copyright dispute. The Swedish retail giant, has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment after being threatened with legal action over its use of graffiti art in a marketing campaign. Graffiti artist Jason Williams threatened H&M with legal action after it featured an image of […]

Mar
7
2018

DisneyMarks

DisneyMarks

“Panic” in the Disney castle: the trademark DISNI was recently filed in the European Union. Disney, of course, filed an opposition against this application. The opposition was based on older Disney trademarks registered for various products and services. In order to ensure that the entire application would be rejected Disney also based the opposition on […]

Mar
2
2018

Jumpman

Photographer Co Rentmeester has lost a case against sports manufacturer Nike about alleged copyright infringement on an iconic photograph from 1984. Rentmeester claims that the photo he took of basketball legend Michael Jordan, has served as inspiration to make the legendary ‘Jumpman’ logo. The photographer stated a few months later Nike staged a virtually identical […]

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