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Apr
19
2017

Who owns Deep Purple?

Who owns Deep Purple?

Who owns the band name DEEP PURPLE? Deep Purple was the name of the favorite jazz song number of former guitarist of the band, Richard Blackmore. This guitarist left the band in 1993 but filed the name 20 years later as an European trademark. Ian Paice, a current member of the band, opposed this trademark. A legal […]

Apr
13
2017

Not as sharp as a trademark

Not as sharp as a trademark

If you use a name for a company in the course of trade then this name is (generally speaking) protected as a company name. The protection itself depends on the laws of that country. In the Netherlands it is not allowed to use a company name that is confusingly similar to an other. However, there […]

Apr
12
2017

Whose photograph is it?

whose photograph is it

Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has settled a major copyright infringement claim over his hit single ‘Photograph’. Photograph was the fifth single from Sheeran’s 2014 album ‘X’. Fellow songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued the British artist last June, claiming his hit ballad had a similar structure to their song “Amazing”. The songwriters claimed the chorus of the […]

Apr
11
2017

Two bulls

two bulls

Grupo Osborne is known for (amongst other products) its sherry. Probably everyone recognizes the bull left, a quite distinctive logo. Since the bull is so distinctive, Grupo Osborne defends this logo actively. For this reason it filed an opposition against another logo with a bull. Both logos have a silhouette of a bull. Only the […]

Apr
10
2017

Cocoa loco

Candy maker Mars Inc. is suing a Wisconsin woman over chocolates she is selling under a name that the company says is “confusingly similar” to its cocoa extract supplements called CocoaVia. Virginia-based company The McLean claims that the chocolates sold in Madison by Syovata Edari may not be branded “CocoVaa”. The company contends the similarity in the […]

Apr
5
2017

Slipper suit

Slipper suit

Sports brand Puma has filed a law suit over pop artist Rihanna’s shoes. After reports that retailer Forever 21 is offering lookalike versions of footwear from Rihanna’s Fenty line for Puma, the German sportswear brand is striking back with a design patent, trade dress, and copyright infringement lawsuit. Puma claims that the LA-based fast fashion […]

Apr
4
2017

Marks in motion

Marks in motion

The Dutch airlines KLM has registered once the landing of a swan as a trademark (this swan was used in a television commercial). Like the opening doors of Lamborghini both examples of a motion mark. But the fact is that a mark that concerns a movement (other than a short intro or animation) will only […]

Apr
3
2017

Duelling descendants (2)

duelling descendants

The Jimi Hendrix Estate is suing Hendrix’ brother over a trademark issue. Again! Two companies representing Jimi Hendrix’s estate, have sued the guitar legend’s brother in a long-running dispute over the use of trademarks and copyrights in Hendrix-themed products, such as “Jimi’s Cannabis Collection Purple Haze” and “Jimi’s Wines”. Leon Hendrix, Jimi’s brother, and his business […]

Mar
30
2017

Pan Am

Pan Am

Brands are a like a living organism, they are created, they grow, get a different look and sometimes they disappear. If a well-known brand disappears, this is always a shock. But never mind, sometimes brands revive, like Nokia. That old brands still have a certain value, cannot be denied. The value does not evaporate the […]

Mar
29
2017

The Real Bentley

The Real Bentley

Bentley Motors has lost a trademark battle against Bentley Clothing. The tiny clothing company gets to keep its name. Besides extremely expensive cars, Bentley also makes bags and jewellery, although it only accounts for a fraction of its revenue. Nonetheless, Bentley attempted to stop a 55-year-old manufacturer called Bentley Clothing from using its name. Founded […]

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