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Oct
2
2017

Knee-deep in trademark applications

Knee-deep in trademark applications

Society’s issues are often reflected in the trademark register. We have seen trademark applications for the word Brexit, Covfefe and now for the word ‘knee’. You couldn’t have missed it: in America many NFL football teams ‘took the knee’ and kneeled during the national anthem, as a protest against racism and police brutality in the US. […]

Sep
27
2017

A water fight

A water fight

Honda is famous for its cars, bikes as well as water sports engines. Recently, the logo ONDA was filed in the European Union. Honda files an opposition based on their European trademark HONDA. Are Honda and ONDA similar, despite of the differences of the graphic elements? No, says the Applicant. Moreover, the Applicants stresses that […]

Sep
25
2017

Never bake a fake cake

Never bake a fake cake

Can a cake be copyrighted? An interesting question, after seeing last week’s episode of the Dutch hit programme “Heel Holland bakt” (which translates to: “Everyone in Holland bakes”). The show follows a number of amateur cake bakers that battle for the title Dutch Master Baker. Last week, contestant Gwenn baked a gorgeous cake: a melon […]

Sep
18
2017

Chicken Cease and Desist

Chicken Cease and Desist

When launching a new brand a search on the availability is very important. If the trademark is not available then you can avoid problems by choosing for a different trademark or changing the name or logo. However, it often happens that a brand is encountering trademark problems. Like the American company South Philly Cheese steaks […]

Sep
18
2017

Movie poster infringement?

Movie poster infringement?

Two posters look very much alike. But is it plagiarism? ‘No’, says copyright expert Jan Vegchel. The case is questions concerns two posters. One poster is from the movie Le Mépris (1963), starring Brigitte Bardot and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, and the other one is from an International Film Festival “Film by the Sea”. Bob […]

Sep
12
2017

Monkey business (4)

Monkey business (4)

Probably, everyone knows the case where photographer David Slater attempted to take a picture of the black crested macaque in Indonesia in 2011. A monkey picked up one of his cameras and started playing with it, taking hundreds of photos. Most images failed, but a few of the pictures were quite sharp and the selfie […]

Sep
11
2017

Smoking gum

Wrigley’s, already responsible for one of the classic Intellectual Property decisions with its Doublemint-case, is doubling down again. This time against Chi-Town Vapers, a company that sells e-cigarette liquids online. The main issue? The names of the vape liquid flavour: “Dbl Mint” and “Joosy Fruit”. The Chicago-based candy giant filed a trademark infringement lawsuit, stating Chi-Town Vapers […]

Sep
8
2017

Ferrari Testalossa

ferrari testalossa

Ferrari has lost its Testarossa trademark in Germany. In a remarkable decision by a German court, Ferrari has lost the rights to the “Testarossa” trademark in the country. The name may now only be used by a German toy maker. The Italian sports car manufacturer was sued by German toy maker Autec, over the rights […]

Sep
6
2017

Wordmark versus a plain logo

Wordmark versus a plain logo

Imagine you have a clothing brand RABE (raven). You also have an associated logo that consists of a raven (see below on the left). At one point you find out that someone has filed a raven logo for clothing (logo right). Can you object to this logo on the basis of your registered wordmark RABE […]

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