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Jun
13
2017

Alibaba and the 40 thieves

Alibaba and the 40 thieves

Alibaba is the name of a hero of the fairy tale, a poor woodcutter of the Arabian nights who enters the cave of the forty thieves by using the password ‘open sesame’. This according to EUIPO who had to rule on the similarity between Alibaba and Ali Juguetes. Alibaba was filed by a Hong Kong […]

Jun
12
2017

A tale of two Wendy’s

A tale of two Wendy's

A Dutch snack bar has been refusing to change its name for years, just because an American fast food giant says so. Wendy’s is a very large chain of fast food restaurants, that originates from the US. But Wendy’s is also a little fast food snack house located in the picturesque place Goes, in the […]

Jun
9
2017

More Trump trademarks

More Trump trademarks

Ivanka Trump’s company has filed 14 additional trademark applications in China. A possible conflict of interest? This is the latest wave of trademark applications filed by the Trump family companies. Last year, Ivanka Trump’s company filed 36 applications. Although not forbidden of course, these trademark applications raise ethical concerns over the Trump family’s business ties […]

Jun
7
2017

Art-didas

art-didas

German sports company adidas is being sued over trademark infringement by Art Basel. Allegedly, adidas wilfully distributed at least 1.000 pairs of sneakers bearing the Art Basel trademark. Art Basel stages the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fairs, staged annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. The famous art fest routinely permits its show partners […]

Jun
6
2017

Trademarks of today’s news

Trademarks of today news

One of the sources of new trademarks is today’s news. Especially when one of the presidents is quite creative with words and create words like COVFEFE (see our earlier post). Well, meanwhile COVFEFE has been claimed multiple times already as a trademark in for example the UK, Switzerland and Sweden for amongst others drinks and […]

Jun
2
2017

Slam dunk donuts

Slam Dunk

Donut chain Dunkin’ Donuts is threatening a small town Massachusetts coffee shop with a trademark lawsuit after they used the slogan ‘North now runs on Mike’s’. Steve Copoulos owns and runs Mike’s Coffee in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Last month, he was shocked to receive a cease and desist letter from Dunkin’ Donuts. ‘Plainville and North now runs […]

Jun
1
2017

Dona Lola and Lalola

A recent European opposition handled Lola’s: Dona Lola on one hand and Lalola on the other. While Dona Lola Lalo was registered as a wordmark, Lalola concerned a logo (see left). It is fixed case law that consumers focus on the word elements of a logo. Consumers seek recognition and even though there are distinctive […]

May
31
2017

Covfefe

covfefe

“Covfefe”: It’s likely to be the word of the day. Or Word of the Year? Donald Trump posted a tweet tonight that ended with the unknown, non-existent and enigmatic word and it keeps the emotions on social media quite busy. “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”, the American president tweeted. “Covfefe? Is this a drunk tweet?”, […]

May
30
2017

Tubetrademark

Tubetrademark

Throughout the years we have seen remarkable trademark applications. The trademark application of the Vienna public transport company is definitely one of them: the application concerns the metro (subway) map of Vienna. A metro map is quite a piece of design: it must show a complete network of lines and stops in a very simple […]

May
29
2017

Larger than life

larger than life

Artist Jeff Koons has, once again, been accused of plagiarism. After Koons unveiled a 15-meter inflatable ballerina at Rockefeller Center in New York, social media screamed “Plagiarism”. Allegedly, the inflatable ballerina is an extra large version of a 19 centimeter high statue “Balerina Lenochka” of the 1993 Ukrainian artist Oksana Zhnikrup. Zhnikrup made it as an assignment for a […]

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