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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 […]

Jun
20
2018

Who’s the boss?

Who's the boss?

The owner of the trademark rights is the person who has the power in his hands. This is especially important in cases of a fight between parties within a corporation. Of course, this sounds logical, but if you just see how often trademark fights concern the question who owns the trademark rights, you will see […]

Jun
18
2018

Ice Ice Maybe

Ice Ice Maybe

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Greece, do as your competitors do. On a business trip to Greece an observant trademark attorney noticed this remarkable ice cream infringement. A cone with the shape of a Cornetto® ice cream but with the brand “Choco Magnum”. That can’t be right.

Jun
15
2018

A simple ABC

a simple abc

The estate of Michael Jackson has sued network ABC for copyright infringement, after airing a special on the pop singer’s final days. The two-hour special called “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” used his songs and music videos without permission, the estate claims. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. “Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s […]

Jun
8
2018

Court goes bananas over banana case

The banana suit

On Rasta Imposta’s website you can buy a bunch of banana-costume products: banana dresses, banana hoodies, “zombie banana” outfits and even the famous “Chiquita Banana”, with the produce producer’s blue logo. Kangaroo Manufacturing is also selling banana costumes, which are too similar to Rasta’s liking. In court the lawyers hauled in four sets of costumes, […]

Jun
6
2018

H&M against H&C

It is a standard rule in trademark law that the consumer focuses on words in a trademark. Words, with the exception of very descriptive words, are often the dominant part of trademarks. If there is a logo, does it make sense to register this logo if the word is still dominant? Yes, usually there are […]

Jun
1
2018

Charbucks coffee

A tiny coffee producer from New Hampshire has prevailed in a trademark infringement case brought by Starbucks over a blend called “Charbucks”. The small ‘company’ operates out of a barn, and uses the classic response: “We’re just a mom-and-pop little roastery”. Annie Clark and her husband Jim do not seem to agree with Starbucks’ trademark […]

May
28
2018

All rize

All rize

Although the country is increasing the possibilities for successfully protecting intellectual property, China has been notorious for its trademark infringements. Now, it is the popular US brand “Ritz crackers” that is at the center of a trademark conflict. This month a Chinese court heard a case filed by Intercontinental Great Brands LLC (formerly known as […]

May
25
2018

I love copyright

I love copyright

Artist Nicki Minaj’s steps into the fashion business, which aren’t going too well. She is being sued for copyright infringement. Fellow artist Isiah Simon filed a lawsuit against Minaj and her record label Universal Music Group over some t-shirt designs on their merchandising website. Simon claims he designed the heart shape boob and has the […]

May
23
2018

And justice for all

And justice for all

Metallica (the band) and LG (the electronics giant) recently were involved in an opposition procedure before the EUIPO. LG had filed the trademark Metalica for, among other, telephones and watches. The musicians were not very happy with this and immediately filed an opposition. The first question that the EUIPO had to deal with is whether […]

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