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Oct
5
2011

iFony

Last night Apple introduced its latest smart phone: the iPhone 4S. The same design, but much faster. With the new iPhone comes a new operation system, iOS 5. Also, the new phone includes Siri. Siri is your virtual assistant: the younger sister or brother that you make do stuff for you. But now it fits […]

Oct
4
2011

Beer & biscuits

A brutal infringement! That is what marketing manager Ben of Brooklyn Brewery must have thought when he saw the remarkable familiar sticker on a post in Brooklyn (picture below). A search on the internet disclosed some further information. A passionate fan of the American band Disco Biscuits made an interesting parody to illustrate the upcoming […]

Sep
30
2011

How does it feel?

You probably know Bob Dylan for his music (or from your father’s record collection). Some of his early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. But Bob Dylan also paints. Yes. He paints. He even has an exhibition. A […]

Sep
29
2011

Fake – the magazine

Is it a fake magazine? Or a magazine were you see fake things? No, it is the name of a new magazine about upcoming young artists. It is actually not totally new, it has been published before but solely on internet, but from now on also available in print. For more information please check the […]

Sep
28
2011

McAroni

And yet another (alleged) fast-food trademark infringement! It was only last month that we posted about the In-N-Out Burger case. This time it is about Houston, Texas restaurant Jus’ Mac. The restaurant specializes in gourmet macaroni and cheese. Yes, gourmet macaroni and cheese. Much to the anger of the guys at McDonald’s. Their spokeswoman Angelica […]

Sep
27
2011

Lady Nono

The fame of Lady Gaga is huge. But numerous no. 1 hits do not mean that she always wins court battles. In fact, the American pop idol recently has lost a domain name arbitration. Lady Gaga objected the domain name www.ladygaga.org. This domain name is used by a fan club of Lady Gaga. The arbitration […]

Sep
26
2011

Bottle battle

Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been competitors. For years. Nothing new there. They have battled each other in court and out of court, in comparative ads. We have posted about this earlier here and here. But now the cola competition has reached a new level. This time the (legal) battle is set in the Australian Federal […]