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Sep
1
2011

Brandversations

MarkMatters.com reported ealier on Graham Smith’s project “Brand revsion“: sometimes a brand is so strong that you will even recognize it when the brand is mixed with another brand, or even with the brand of the competitor. A similar initiative is shown by Stefan Asafti: Brandversations. Asafti has switched the slogans of the brands amongst […]

Aug
31
2011

Warning: IP drives away shoppers

Supposedly Apple has put together a special anti-counterfeit team to address Chinese manufacturers of fake Apple products. Not a bad thing for a company that plays a leading role in the computer, smart phone and tablet market. Initially the company planned to go after retailers and street vendors and to work with police to raid […]

Aug
30
2011

But it is supposed to be fake

In New York, a police officer arrested a clerk in Chinatown for selling counterfeit. New York had already announced to intensify its policy towards counterfeit, but in this case it seems to have surpassed this goal. The counterfeit was found in a funeral store. According to Chinese tradition deceased people receive all kind of objects […]

Aug
29
2011

Yes you toucan

Maya Archaeology Initiative, a nonprofit project of the California-based World Free Press Institute has been accused by Kellogg Co. of trademark infringement. According to Kellogg Co. their toucan logo (left) resembles the  Toucan Sam character (under). Maya Archaeology Initiative does not share this opinion and said its toucan originates from a real toucan while Kellogg’s […]

Aug
25
2011

I.P. suicide

Nice article about the new website Logogarden.com. On this website everybody can create their own logo by picking prefab logo’s. The big disadvantage of these sort of websites is that one can think that buying such a logo will preserve them of any IP claims. In other words, it is the big question whether such […]

Aug
24
2011

Suntan lotion. Are you shore?

Jersey Shore is a fairly superficial American reality television show, broadcasted by MTV. The series follows the lives of eight young housemates spending their summer at the Jersey Shore, living by the creed “GTL”: gym, tanning, laundry. One of the cast members, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley is now being sued by Phigogam, a business partnership of […]

Aug
23
2011

Everything zen?

There is a risk that funerals in Taiwan will be held in silent in the future. If a family asks the funeral home to play copyrighted music, the family will have to pay an extra fee for the copyrights. This is the outcome of a lawsuit filed by a music company against funeral homes. These […]

Aug
22
2011

I had a dream

Satoru “Miles” Kobayashi is the owner of a jazz club in Manhattan, New York called Miles’ Cafe, of course referencing legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. Kobayashi is now being sued my Miles Davis Proporties LLC, a company that includes two of Davis’ children and a nephew, and that is the owner of the Miles Davis […]