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Feb
5
2018

U2 guitar solo not copied

U2 guitar solo not copied

A New York judge has dismissed a copyright infringement case filed against U2 by musician Paul Rose. The law suit claimed that U2’s guitar solo on their single ‘The Fly, from the immensely popular 1991 album Achtung Baby, was a rip off of a 12-second segment of Rose’s 1989 experimental song ‘Nae Slappin’. Rose claims […]

Jan
31
2018

BARCA! BARCA!

BARCA! BARCA!

Some trademarks are larger than life. Especially when those trademarks reflect one of the biggest football clubs in the world: FC Barcelona. Recently, FC Barcelona filed a sound mark of the word BARCA. The trademark is filed for amongst others, soap, tablets, paper, clothing, games, advertising and entertainment. The interesting question is whether you can […]

Jan
29
2018

Grumpy cat wins €613.000,-

Grumpy cat wins €613.000,-

Social media sensation Grumpy Cat wins €613.000,- in a copyright infringement case. The cat that became an internet sensation because of its gloomy expression, has earned its owner a lot of money. Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce, went viral due to its permanently moody face. The cat’s popularity resulted in a Christmas film, TV appearances […]

Jan
26
2018

Marlborrowed

Marlborrowed

In a rebranding of her logo, the German company GRE Grand River Enterprises Deutschland got too much inspired by Marlboro. Even though Marlboro has a shape of an arrow at the top of the package, the Mark1 logo reminds us directly of Marlboro in terms of color and shape. The European application for this logo […]

Jan
24
2018

74% of brands worldwide cope with infringement

Three quarters of brands worldwide are subject to trademark infringement. A new research by CompuMark reveals this stunning figure. The trademark research company came to the conclusion, that 74% of the brands have experienced trademark infringement in the past year. In more than half of the cases (55%) the trademark infringement was followed by legal […]

Jan
19
2018

Framed

framed

The ‘Dubai Frame’, a gigantic 150 metres high and 93 metres wide structure, nears completion despite the fact the original architect has sued for copyright infringement. The work of art is due to open later this year. Fernando Donis, a Rotterdam-based architect, won an international competition for the project nine years ago, organised by the Dubai Municipality Donis’ proposal – […]

Jan
17
2018

What You Need is use

Today, a new edition of Eurosonic, a showcase festival in Groningen, will start. Knijff Trademark Attorneys is present to help bands with their brand protection. The protection of the band and stage names is very important in the world of global platforms such as Spotify. Identical band names are all too common. But assistance in […]

Jan
15
2018

Law is in the air

law is in the air

The musicians behind the iconic hit “Love Is In The Air” are suing an American electric pop duo and Air France, accusing them of ripping off the song. Harry Vanda and George Young wrote John Paul Young’s ‘Love is in the Air’, a song so famous, you only have to hear the first few notes […]

Jan
12
2018

Rebranding gone bad?

rebranding gone bad

Italian football club Juventus had changed its logo. But changing your logo is not always a good idea. Established in 1897, Juventus F.C. — or Juve, or I Bianconeri (the black-and-white) — is a professional Italian football club based in Turin and one of the most famous and successful teams in soccer history. This year […]

Jan
9
2018

Multimedia marks

Multimedia marks

Due to recent legislative changes in the EU, the filing of trademarks has been modernized. It is now possible to submit animations and short films as a trademark by means of movie files. With this modernization, CP8 has now also became available. This “common communication” shows a classification of all types of trademarks. Some highlights: […]

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