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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 […]

Sep
23
2011

Logo development

It is always fun to see how a logo has developed through time. You sometimes tend to forget what the old logo looked like, once the new, restyled logo has set in your consumer’s brain. Restyling a logo is not always without danger. First of all, you will have to register the new logo as […]

Sep
22
2011

Minimalistic pop characters

Bare Essentials is a book by Dutch designer Dennis de Groot showing images of famous American pop-icons reduced into the most basic simple geometric shapes.This book consists of 50 little work of arts,  the most still recognizable. The question arises whether these images still fall within the definition of  the reproduction of copyright or whether […]

Sep
21
2011

Onel-Omel: the German view (TomTec)

All you IP practitioners out there of course know about the “Onel-case”. The main question here is whether use in only one country of the European Union is to be considered sufficient use of a Community trademark. The Dutch Court has asked prejudicial questions to the European Court of Justice about this matter. Meanwhile, the […]

Sep
20
2011

To tweet or not to tweet

Ad Agency Twittad is using a slogan: “Let Your Ad Meet Tweets”. The slogan seems to be registered as a trademark as well. However, Twitter claims that the word ‘tweet’ is a registered trademark they own. The microblog company is not amused, because they offer similar ad services as Twittad does. It is unmistakably true […]

Sep
19
2011

European design (2)

Nice and remarkable objects have recently been registered as European designs. This month, a nice couch, a Japanese doll, a somewhat mysterious package of Allied Domecq & Wine, a wallet and finally, a new purse of Dolce & Gabbana.        

Sep
17
2011

Saturday: Counterfeit day (15)

All right, one last time then: SPIDERman is the one that got bitten by a, yes, SPIDER, when he was a kid. This gave him special SPIDER powers: super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs, and react to danger quickly with his “spider-sense”. SUPERman has got SUPERpowers as well. And […]