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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 […]

Aug
19
2011

YMCA

It seems random, yet simple. You take a police officer, an indian, a cowboy, a biker, a construction worker and a G.I. and lhave them singing disco. That was Village People. Everyone can scream along – drunk or not – their biggest disco hit: YMCA. And do the funny arm dance that goes along with […]

Aug
18
2011

Barbie-art

Several designers such as Margaux Lange (upper left) and Max Beets (following photo) make jewelry of Barbies, such as eyes, arms and legs. Photographer Mariel Clayton uses Barbie as subject on her photo’s (last photo). Mattel will not be very pleased with this sort of art. But can they oppose this sort of use, for […]

Aug
17
2011

Wednesday. The trademark.

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 […]

Aug
12
2011

Louboutin turns red

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 […]

Aug
11
2011

Elmo is alive!

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 […]