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Sep
24
2018

Not so Original Penguin

No so Original Penguin

7-Eleven is suing menswear brand Original Penguin. The world’s largest convenience store retailer claims Original Penguin has copied its iconic private brands, including SLURPEE, SLURPEE LITE, and BRAINFREEZE on clothing. According to 7-Eleven this constitutes “trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition”. In its lawsuit, the retailer requested the court to order Original Penguin to stop […]

Sep
21
2018

Maya the smoking Bee

Maya the smoking bee

Belgian children’s program producer Studio 100 has gotten into a copyright fight over its icon cartoon “Maya the Bee”, after a Greenpeace campaign had used the image of the cartoon character. Just before the summer, Greenpeace launched an ad campaign criticizing Studio 100, because it uses popular children’s figures such as Maya the Bee to […]

Sep
19
2018

Marshall mashup

A word mark gives the widest protection on a word, this while a logo protects a graphic element or the combination of a word in a special font or with graphic elements. In most cases it is advisable to protect both the word and the logo. Only registering a logo has, besides the fact that […]

Sep
17
2018

A cloudy case

A cloudy case

A photographer from Montana (USA) has filed a lawsuit against Netflix for, allegedly, using one of his photos without permission in two of its productions. The photographer in question, Sean R. Heavey, says Netflix used his photo entitled “The Mothership”, which shows a giant storm cloud in the Montana sky in the hit series “Stranger […]

Sep
12
2018

Think different slogan cancelled

Think Different slogan cancelled

The trademark registration of the iconic slogan ‘Think different’ by Apple has been cancelled by the EUIPO. The European trademark office came to this decision after a cancellation action filed by Swatch AG. The ground for decision was the non-use of this trademark by Apple. Apple did file a defense and submitted evidence of the […]

Sep
10
2018

Bakery Anne & Frank changes name

Bakery Anne & Frank changes name

The owner of the Anne & Frank bakery in Amsterdam is going to change its name after receiving a lot of negative attention on social media. The bakery is situated about 100 metres away from the famous Anne Frank House, where many tourists come to visit and see the house where Anne had been in […]

Sep
7
2018

Generic Magic

The popularity of the Harry Potter series has led to various festivals across the world. But Warner Brothers’ IP lawyers are putting a vanishing spell over these local events. A large Philadelphia Harry Potter Festival that attracted over 50,000 fans has been canceled. Also, a smaller Harry Potter Festival in Roanoke has now changed its […]

Sep
5
2018

Not so single Pringles

Not so single Pringles

In the supermarket you will find a whole trademark world: You have the premium brands; they have a huge reputation and are well-known. You also have the brands of the supermarket itself (the household brands): good quality but the price is below that of the premium brand. And you have the wannabe brands: brands that […]

Sep
3
2018

What wood you do?

What wood you do?

The architect who designed the new Terminal 2 for the Thai International airport, is accused of plagiarism. A Japanese museum shows a similar design. DBALP Consortium has recently won the competition for the new Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2, organized by the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT). But soon after the winner was announced, […]

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