It’s Wednesday. According to international standard ISO 8601, it is the third day of the week. The between Tuesday and Thursday. The name is derived from Old English Wōdnesdæg and Middle English Wednesdei, “day of Wodanaz” and a calque of the Latin dies Mercurii “day of Mercury”, reflecting the fact that the Germanic god Woden […]
You cannot deny it, Twitter is out there. Twitter is all around us. But is its content free to use of those who want to use it? Or is it copyrighted? The BBC reignited the flame around this discussion. Unintentionally. During the recent Oslo attacks and the London riots, BBC used Twitter images in their […]
Emerging rapper J.R. Bricks has released a single called Waffle House. As album cover he used the logo of Waffle House (but with his name in it). The single was well received, but unfortunately not with Waffle House. This chain sent a cease and desist letter within one week to the label of Bricks. The […]
Yes indeed… It is a counterfeit Darth Vader. If you are the IP attorney sending the Cease and Desist letter – either on behalf of Lucasfilm Ltd. or Sanrio, the owner of the Hello Kitty brand – good luck. And, oh yeah, may the force be with you!
Further to our post yesterday about the war in the US between Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, Louboutin has seen some success in the European Union. His trademark (left) has been accepted by the European Trademarks Office after an appeal against the refusal of this mark. The mark is now registered for high heels and […]
You of course know Elmo. From your own childhood or from watching Sesame Street with your children. Elmo is Sesame Street’s furry red “monster”, a three-and-a-half year old lovable character that avoids pronouns, always referring to himself in the third person (e.g. “Elmo has a trademark registration” rather than, “I have a trademark registration”). So […]
Big news today for fashionistas, in the near future shoes with the red soles will not tell everybody that these shoes are true Louboutin shoes. These shoes could just be bought at the local Walmart. In a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent, Louboutin claimed the exclusive trademark rights on the red soles. Judge Victor Marrero […]
As an IP attorney, work does not stop at the weekends. Walking through a large furniture store, MarkMatters.com stubbled upon a beautiful infringement case: the iPad calculator. All you IP fanatics, professionals and students out there: let me hear your thoughts. Who can act against this infringement, on what ground(s) and what are their estimated […]
Artist Luis Gispert was photographing landscapes in Miami two years ago when he stumbled on a Cadillac Escalade. This car would give a new direction to his art. The interior of this car was completely covered with the pattern designed by Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton. The owner of the car had never heard of […]
We posted earlier about picking the right slogan here and how painful it can be of you pick a painful trademark here, but how about these wonderful linguistic mistakes. Don’t forget to have someone other than yourself check your trademark. Twice. And then perhaps one more time.