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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 […]

Nov
20
2017

Pirates of the Copyright

Pirates of the Copyright

Disney has been sued for copyright infringement over the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Success has many fathers. And so do pirates, so it seems. Screenwriters Lee Alfred II and Ezequiel Martinez Jr and producer Tova Laiter, filed a lawsuit in a Colorado federal court, alleging that Disney studios committed “willful infringement of original copyrighted […]

Nov
17
2017

adidas wins 20-year stripe battle

adidas wins 20-year stripe battle

Finally. After twenty years, the trademark battle between H&M and adidas is over. The court in The Hague has decided that the Swedish fashion chain has infringed on adidas’ three-stripe brand. The German sports giant sued H&M over the fact that they had been selling clothing with two parallel stripes over the side of the […]

Nov
15
2017

A caged cat

A caged cat

Imagine you are a worldwide-known brand and someone chooses a similar word in exactly the same font. For different products, but hey, your trademark is famous and has a larger scope of protection. A clear victory? No. The trademark PUCAM trademark was filed in the European Union for phones and related products. PUMA is a […]

Nov
13
2017

Das Traum des Jägermeisters

Das Traum des Jägermeisters

Riding the coat tails of a famous trademark is easy. Just take the distinctive elements of a well-known brand: colour, typeface, name and change it ever so slightly, and you get your “own” brand, but with the benefits of the goodwill of the A-brand. Easy, right? Well, not if you are getting too close to […]

Nov
8
2017

The Trump-trademarks

The Trump-trademarks

After one year of Trump’s presidency, America is divided in Trump-haters and Trump-lovers. We can, however, say that Trump caused a flood of new applications. Interestingly, the division in the political landscape in America is also reflected in the trademark register. For example, there are applications from critics: “YOU CAN NOT BE BOTH, A TRUMP […]

Nov
6
2017

Lose yourself in court

Lose yourself in court

Rapper Eminem has won a lawsuit in New Zealand against a political party who used the artist’s song without permission in 2014. A song that closely resembles Eminem’s song ‘Lose Yourself’ was played in an ad of the Australian conservative National Party. During the lawsuit lawyers and judges had to concentrate and listen to Eminem’s […]

Nov
3
2017

Trademark applications #metoo

Trademark applications #metoo

Fans of House of Cards are not fans of Kevin Spacey anymore. It’s likely that the sixth and last season will not be aired, due to the sexual harassment claims that have been raised against Spacey. We have noted before: society’s issues are often reflected in the trademark register. We have seen trademark applications for […]

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