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Dec
20
2017

Large victory for Petit Bateau

Large victory for Petit Bateau

Petit Bateau is known for its children’s clothes. A classic item is the yellow rain coat. Petit Bateau recently opposed the trademark BABIDU with a boat, filed for clothing as well. We have seen these kind of cases already: the mere conceptual similarity of trademarks is often not enough to establish a similarity in the […]

Dec
18
2017

Beer-yoncé

Beer-yoncé

New York brewery Lineup is facing Beyoncé’s army of lawyers, after putting a special beer on the market named Biëryoncé. “Queen Bey” is not amused, and has sent a cease and desist letter, demanding the local brewery to stop using the confusingly similar name. Lineup has tributed its specially brewed beers for pop icons before. […]

Dec
14
2017

McInfringement

McInfringement

One of the most important reasons to protect your trademark by means of a registration is to obtain the exclusive rights to use that trademark for certain products or services. An important other argument is to protect your trademark against free riders, competitors and also people who have a strange understanding of trademark law. Recently […]

Dec
8
2017

Mi Pad

mi-pad

Apple has won an EU trademark infringement case against Xiaomi over its ‘Mi Pad’ tablet. The Cupertino giant, has prevailed in preventing the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from registering its “Mi Pad” mobile tablet device as an EU trademark because the name was considered confusingly similar to Apple’s iPad. The European General Court was clear: “The […]

Dec
6
2017

King Burger of Burger King

King Burger of Burger King

We have the impression that EUIPO has become more and more critical when it comes to accepting trademarks. We have experienced this already with logos consisting of a descriptive words. And now, word combinations must be quite distinctive; the somewhat allusive combinations are rejected. A recent example of a word combination that would previously have […]

Dec
4
2017

Re-Marc-able

Re-Marc-able

Fashion brand Marc Jacobs has been sued for copyright infringement over the company’s Resort 2017 collection, that featured several pins and patches that were allegedly “flagrant, unlawful copies” of work by other artists. The law suit points to five pins from the collection that allegedly infringe on designs by artist Katie Thierjung and two private […]

Dec
1
2017

Getty out of my way

Probably, we all have had clients who have been contacted by Getty Images or Masterfile due to unlawful use of a photo on the website. These companies claim copyright infringement, which can be resolved by paying a fee including legal costs. Whereas the starting point is the copyright on the photo, this starting point will […]

Nov
27
2017

Woof-Tang Clan

Woof-Tang Clan

Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan have started a trademark infringement suit, after they discovered the similarly named dog walking company Woof-Tang Clan. Marty Cuatchon, owner of Woof-Tang Clan, filed a trademark for the name in June 2017. This prompted Wu-Tang Clan member Robert Diggs to file an opposition to the application. Diggs claims that the dog […]

Nov
24
2017

Mysterious Gleissner

The Mac Monopoly

There are numerous articles written about the mysterious Mr. Gleissner who is filing multiple trademark applications worldwide. Moreover, large companies are also facing cancellation actions against their trademarks. But Mr. Gleissner just had a setback in a revocation action against the trademark KEYNOTE of Apple. The action was brought by Sherlock Systems, one of the […]

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