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Aug
3
2016

Burberry Perry

Burberry - Burberry Perry

Luxury fashion brand Burberry is suing a rapper and producer Burberry Perry… over his name. Burberry filed the lawsuit in a New York court, claiming Burberry Perry is infringing its trademark and is causing dilution. The court documents reveal that the rappers real name is Perry Moise, but he chose “Burberry” as part of his stage name. to […]

Aug
3
2016

Disney is not (Guus) lucky

A trademark registration provides a powerful weapon against abuse of your brand. For many, especially famous people, this is an important argument for the registration of the trademark. However, one of the most important restrictions of a trademark is the one of genuine use: a trademark has to be used as a commercial indication of […]

Jul
27
2016

Stylish beer

In the world of the wine and beer, there is a lot going on in respect of design. Whereas years ago wines had a traditional label, nowadays wines have very remarkable logo’s, colours, bottles are completely blue or black etc. So, the time of a dull wine or beer label has passed. But with these […]

Jul
14
2016

The lion’s den

One of the biggest banks in the Netherlands is the ING. The significant business identifiers of ING are the orange color as well the lion (you might think that everything is orange in Holland as orange is our national color, but still, the color is quite unusual in trademarks). ING has protected its trademarks through […]

Jul
12
2016

Everlasting registration

Although the perception of the descriptiveness can vary in one country to another, the basis rule is the same: not every word can be a trademark. Words that describe certain qualities or the character of products and services cannot serve as a trademark. The big exception on this rule are trademarks that have acquired distinctiveness […]

Jul
7
2016

Give up the ghost

The majority of trademarks filed are the traditional trademarks. But still, the registration of some position marks and 3D marks is requested. Case law is quite set in the EU regarding the examination of 3D marks: a design must significantly differ from the products in the market. Otherwise, the 3D mark will be refused. This […]

Jul
5
2016

The two coronas

A trade name or company name has the aim to identify a company. And just that. When the use surpasses this goal and distinguishes certain products or services, there is use of a trademark. From EU case law we learn that often there is use of a trademark, and in only few cases use is […]

Jun
30
2016

Grandmaster flashes

As renowned artist you can earn a living with making music. Often everybody looks at record deals, concert revenues and merchandise, and often, a trademark registration will be seen as only costs. But these trademark registrations are needed to give your name in license. And more importantly, to protect your name against abuse and counterfeit. […]

Jun
29
2016

Brexit®: the trademark

Brexit

Recently, Europe was astonished by the outcome of the Brexit-vote. The UK is most likely leaving the European Union. What does this mean for trademarks? First of all, nothing. Well, at least for now.  Although there is a large amount of uncertainty surrounding IP-rights covering the current EU, before the much debated article 50 procedure is […]

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