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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
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
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
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: […]

Aug
18
2017

Casa Hilton

Casa Hilton

As you may know by now, us spotting potential trademark infringements does not stop when we are on holiday. One of our trademark attorneys noticed this ‘beauty’ in a gorgeous, tropical setting. Inspired by the world famous Hilton hotels, we present you: Casa Hilton.

Aug
16
2017

VOLVO visually

VOLVO visually

Sometimes you have the feeling that you already have met someone. As trademark attorneys, we do have the same feeling with some logos. Like the V below. The blue color, the font, the resemblance is striking: the V is the V of VOLVO. Probably also the reason why VOLVO filed an opposition against this application. […]

Aug
14
2017

Blue jacket case

Blue jacket case

The court of The Hague ruled that Esprit violated Scotch & Soda’s copyright. Fashion retail chain Scotch & Soda went to court, when it noticed a copy of a Scotch & Soda short quilted hooded jacket in an Esprit shop in Tilburg (The Netherlands) in 2015, a model sold by Scotch & Soda since 2012. […]

Aug
11
2017

No bulls eye for Chicago Bulls

No bulls eye for Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls won almost every game they played during 1990s, but it couldn’t beat the owner of the trademark Chicanos Bulls in a trademark procedure. The basketball team became legendary in the final decade of the last century, because of its almost unbeatable team, captained by icon Michael ‘Air’ Jordan. In 2014 ‘The Bulls’ […]

Aug
9
2017

Three-piece in one piece

Three-piece in one piece

Maserati is famous for its beautiful fast cars. Additional products include clothes, hats etc., are specially popular with Maserati-lovers. The Maserati’ logo consists of a three-piece. This three-piece is also registered separately as a trademark (i.e. without MASERATI). A clever move as now only the three-piece is protected and the word Maserati does not influence […]

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