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Jul
9
2018

Liberty and justice for all

liberty and justice for all

The US Post Office is ordered to pay $3.5 million for using a “wrong” image of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp. In 2010 the US Post Office released a “Forever” stamp featuring a photograph of the Statue of Liberty. But instead of the actual statue, the image was a photo of a Statue […]

Jul
3
2018

Jacobs’ Tale

Jacob's Tale

Douwe Egberts is a well-known coffee brand in the Netherlands but also known for various products in other countries. The owner of Douwe Egberts is the company Jacobs Douwe Egberts, which is the result of the merger between Douwe Egberts and Mondelez. Jacobs Douwe Egberts wanted to protect the Jacobs Douwe Egberts trademark in the […]

Jul
2
2018

You’ve bean sued

You've bean sued

The artist that created Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture, has filed a lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association (NRA) of copyright infringement, after it had used an image of his work in a video advertisement last year. Artist Anish Kapoor’s lawsuit is seeking the removal of the image from the video and damages for copyright infringement. […]

Jun
27
2018

Fidget spinner spins around

Fidget spinner spins around

Especially in the world of toys, trends and hypes come and go very fast. Suddenly everyone wants to make loom bands, or Pokemon is a huge hit. As a manufacturer or store you have to deal with this. One of the recent hypes was the fidget spinners, kind of hand spinners. There was a huge […]

Jun
22
2018

New Formula 1 logo launched too fast?

During the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in November 2017, the new F1 World Championship logo was unveiled. But the logo showed a striking resemblance to a trademark owned by 3M. The sticky note maker has filed an opposition to the trademark application of the F1-logo, claiming it causes a likelihood of confusion. 3M […]

Jun
20
2018

Who’s the boss?

Who's the boss?

The owner of the trademark rights is the person who has the power in his hands. This is especially important in cases of a fight between parties within a corporation. Of course, this sounds logical, but if you just see how often trademark fights concern the question who owns the trademark rights, you will see […]

Jun
18
2018

Ice Ice Maybe

Ice Ice Maybe

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Greece, do as your competitors do. On a business trip to Greece an observant trademark attorney noticed this remarkable ice cream infringement. A cone with the shape of a Cornetto® ice cream but with the brand “Choco Magnum”. That can’t be right.

Jun
15
2018

A simple ABC

a simple abc

The estate of Michael Jackson has sued network ABC for copyright infringement, after airing a special on the pop singer’s final days. The two-hour special called “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” used his songs and music videos without permission, the estate claims. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. “Like Disney, the lifeblood of the estate’s […]

Jun
13
2018

Dog poo is offensive

Dog poo is offensive

It was already known that the EUIPO is rather protective in terms of morality, when it comes to trademarks that consist of vulgar words. Trademarks with FUCK are refused because they are regarded contrary to public policy. We can understand this, although EUIPO should keep in mind that it is not the defender of our […]

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