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Jan
17
2018

What You Need is use

Today, a new edition of Eurosonic, a showcase festival in Groningen, will start. Knijff Trademark Attorneys is present to help bands with their brand protection. The protection of the band and stage names is very important in the world of global platforms such as Spotify. Identical band names are all too common. But assistance in […]

Jan
15
2018

Law is in the air

law is in the air

The musicians behind the iconic hit “Love Is In The Air” are suing an American electric pop duo and Air France, accusing them of ripping off the song. Harry Vanda and George Young wrote John Paul Young’s ‘Love is in the Air’, a song so famous, you only have to hear the first few notes […]

Jan
12
2018

Rebranding gone bad?

rebranding gone bad

Italian football club Juventus had changed its logo. But changing your logo is not always a good idea. Established in 1897, Juventus F.C. — or Juve, or I Bianconeri (the black-and-white) — is a professional Italian football club based in Turin and one of the most famous and successful teams in soccer history. This year […]

Jan
9
2018

Multimedia marks

Multimedia marks

Due to recent legislative changes in the EU, the filing of trademarks has been modernized. It is now possible to submit animations and short films as a trademark by means of movie files. With this modernization, CP8 has now also became available. This “common communication” shows a classification of all types of trademarks. Some highlights: […]

Jan
8
2018

Jumping cats

jumping cats

Fashion designer Philipp Plein designed a leaping ‘wild cat’ and is now facing the legal wrath of Puma. Plein, known for his rock-n-roll style fashion, posted his frustrations on Instagram, after the German sports giant threatened to sue him for trademark infringement: “Just received a LOVE LETTER from PUMA trying to take legal action against […]

Jan
5
2018

Greatest Show on Earth

Greatest Show on Earth

Artist Kid Rock is being sued for using the slogan “Greatest Show on Earth” for his upcoming tour. Confusing or just misleading? Feld Entertainment, which apparently owns the trademark to the tagline, recently filed a lawsuit against the singer. The company owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although in May 2017, the […]

Jan
3
2018

Bitcoined

Bitcoined

2017 was the year of the bitcoin. The bitcoin is the best known and most successful example of a cryptocurrency. But who owns the name bitcoin? And can you use the name bitcoin in a brand? The underlying idea of ​​bitcoin is that there is no central body that is responsible for the money. Therefore […]

Dec
29
2017

Steve Jobs’ new ‘job’

Steve Jobs' new 'job'

Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, but two Italian brothers ‘took’ his name and are now selling clothing under the former Apple CEO’s name. Apple is not amused. Although not registered as a trademark, Apple is very careful with the name Steve Jobs. App Store apps containing the name of Apple’s founder are blocked. But […]

Dec
27
2017

Not so Appy

Not so Appy

Apple is being sued for its new App Store logo, due to an alleged resemblance with a Chinese clothing brand logo. When Apple released the updated App Store as part of its new iOS 11, the App Store logo was redesigned. Instead of an “A” made from a pencil, a paintbrush, and a ruler, Apple […]

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