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Mar
7
2018

DisneyMarks

DisneyMarks

“Panic” in the Disney castle: the trademark DISNI was recently filed in the European Union. Disney, of course, filed an opposition against this application. The opposition was based on older Disney trademarks registered for various products and services. In order to ensure that the entire application would be rejected Disney also based the opposition on […]

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 […]

Oct
6
2017

Don’t toy with counterfeit toys

Thousands of counterfeit Frozen dolls, Minion yoyos and SpongeBob SquarePants jigsaws were seized from a single wholesaler in the area of Manchester. Infringement? Yes. But also very dangerous! Sometimes counterfeit goods may seem like a good way to buy products at a lower costs. But people rarely realise that there could be actual danger involved. […]

Aug
23
2017

A world of imagination

A world of imagination

With the Hilton post we already warned you about the wandering Knijff attorneys. It is holiday time! Well, one of our colleague spotted a new case on Greece: a park called Sandyland. Of course, the typography of Sandyland is very similar to Disneyland and a clear breach of the trademark rights. The logo has even […]

Nov
29
2016

We could use use

We could use use

One of the major limitations of a trademark is the use requirement. An owner of a trademark must put its trademark in use 3 or 5 years after registration. Often, this is a weak spot of a trademark, sometimes an Achilles heel. Collecting evidence of use is rather a heavy burden and sometimes quite difficult. […]

Nov
8
2016

Disney’s application frozen

Disney's application frozen

Everybody who is working on new trademarks can confirm this: it’s sometimes quite difficult to find an available trademark in the EU. Especially if you are not using a fancy word but an existing word such as an animal or a name. Often somewhere in the EU this trademark is registered. A good trademark search […]

Aug
3
2016

Disney is not (Guus) lucky

A trademark registration provides a powerful weapon against abuse of your brand. For many, especially famous people, this is an important argument for the registration of the trademark. However, one of the most important restrictions of a trademark is the one of genuine use: a trademark has to be used as a commercial indication of […]

Jun
9
2016

Pinocchio trademark alive

Probably everyone grew up with Pinocchio, the famous story written by Carlo Collodi about a wooden puppet who is being conjured to life. Can anybody claim Pinocchio as a trademark? On one hand, PINOCCHIO is an excellent trademark. On the other hand you can say that this name is a public symbol, which should not be […]

Aug
25
2015

Parodyland

Banksy, a British artist whose identity is still unknown, has recently launched an “anarchist” amusement park, Dismaland. Probably, you already heard about this park as the media widely reported about this “bemusement” park. There was a warning that this park would be unsuitable for children and this is true: the Grim Reaper is riding along […]

Mar
12
2015

Tiger family

Not every tiger is the same. That is the conclusion that can be drawn from the recent decision of OHIM’s Opposition Division. The German company Eckes-Granini,  known for its juices, filed an opposition against Tigger (left) in class 32. Tigger was filed by Disney and concerns of course the tiger figuring in the Winnie The […]

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