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Jan
24
2017

Monopoly on “opoly”

Monopoly on "opoly"

Monopoly is the world famous game from Hasbro. A game so huge that it inspires people to make their own version. But Hasbro vigorously defends its game and trademarks. Like recently. A company from Croatia has requested the trademark Drinkopoly in the European Union. Due to the different prefix, the trademarks are too different to […]

Jan
23
2017

Relx and come up with a new trademark

Relx and come up with a new trademark

The Anglo-Dutch publishing group RELX, the new name of Reed Elsevier since July 2015, has had it rough. First, there was the months-long dispute over the use of the name Elsevier. And now they seem to have gotten in trouble over the name RELX. The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) issued an opposition decision on […]

Jan
20
2017

Keep America great(!)

Trump Red Hat

Trump hasn’t even been sworn into office yet, but he’s already convinced he’s going for a second term. The president-elect is already making preparations for his 2020 re-election campaign. Halfway through an interview with the Washington Post, Trump stopped everything to call a lawyer to trademark his new slogan: “Keep America Great.” He instructed for the trademark […]

Jan
19
2017

New Orleans Pelicans triumphs over Pelikan

New Orleans Pelicans triumphs over Pelikan

New Orleans Pelicans, the basketball team from New Orleans, play in the NBA. The NBA Properties Inc. has filed the logo of the New Orleans Pelicans  in the European Union for clothing and sporting goods, probably in view of merchandise. This application encountered however an objection of Pelikan, a well-known trademark for pens. Pelikan also […]

Jan
18
2017

And poof… it’s gone

And poof... it's gone

A young Belgian rapper got nearly 3 million views, but his video was taken offline due to copyright infringement. The rapper that goes by the name Yung Mavu has hired a lawyer to get the clip back online. Mavu’s was getting almost three million views when the clip disappeared suddenly. Noah Mavuela did some freestyle rapping on top […]

Jan
17
2017

Say cheese

Say cheese

Obtaining the status of a “Protected Geographical Indication” is a great thing for food. In this way, certain products which are produced in a specific geographic area, are protected. Think of feta cheese. The Dutch Dairy Foundation finally succeeded to protect Gouda Holland as a PIG for cheese after years of lobbying. This status should […]

Jan
16
2017

Get your lawsuits running

Get your lawsuits running

US retail store Urban Outfitters is being sued by Harley-Davidson for trademark infringement. Again. After being sued by Harley-Davidson in 2014, Urban Outfitters is yet again on the receiving end of a trademark law suit by the world famous motorcycle manufacturer. The motor maker states that Urban Outfitters is selling garments, including bodysuits that are described as […]

Jan
13
2017

Goodknight

Goodknight

Launching a new brand name on national television without thoroughly checking if it is available or not, can turn out pretty badly. In mid-2016, the NHL – the United States National Hockey League – revealed a new team: the Las Vegas Golden Knights. A catchy name. And a good name, you would think. But, the team forgot […]

Jan
11
2017

Iceland. The country? (3)

Iceland. The country? (3)

Iceland is not only a popular holiday destination, but also a trending trademark topic (we refer to our earlier posts on Iceland. The country?). The topic is about claiming a country as a trademark: the trademark ICELAND is registered by Iceland Foods, a supermarket in amongst others the UK and Ireland. The Icelandic government disputes […]

Jan
11
2017

And the trademark goes to…

And the trademark goes to...

Everyone knows the “Oscars”. But did you know the name and the appearance of the trophy has been protected as a trademark since 1975? The Academy Awards, or as it is more famously referred to “The Oscars”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize excellence in […]

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