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Oct
15
2018

Why would a sheriff do that?

Why would a sheriff do that?

Normally, as a clothing brand, you want your clothes on as many people as you can. Well, you should be careful what you wish for. A sheriff in Union County, Arkansas (USA) has been putting Nike t-shirts on people they arrest and making them wear them during mugshots, the photos the police take of people they […]

May
4
2018

Just do nothing

Just do nothing

Sometimes, when you are shopping, you’ll find the best trademark infringements. Often it is about small shops or brands trying to imitate the big brands’ style. But more often than not it is about clearly copying distinctive elements from world famous brands, in order to ride the coattails of their renowned status and positive allure. […]

Mar
2
2018

Jumpman

Photographer Co Rentmeester has lost a case against sports manufacturer Nike about alleged copyright infringement on an iconic photograph from 1984. Rentmeester claims that the photo he took of basketball legend Michael Jordan, has served as inspiration to make the legendary ‘Jumpman’ logo. The photographer stated a few months later Nike staged a virtually identical […]

Nov
10
2016

Stripe a pose

stripe a pose

Sports giant adidas has filed a trademark infringement claim against FC Barcelona. adidas’ iconic three-stripe trademark is one of the most familiar trademarks in sports in general, and football in particular. Recently the German-based company filed a trademark infringement claim against FC Barcelona with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The infringement claim contends that FC Barcelona’s […]

Jan
11
2016

Skechers’ similar shoes

NIke Flyknit - Skechers Burst 02

Nike is suing shoe company Skechers for trademark and copyright infringement over a, according to Nike, very similar shoe design. The Oregon shoe company filed a lawsuit against Skechers over their “Burst”, “Girl’s Sketch Appeal” and the “Boy’s Flex Advantage” shoes. Nike claims that the shoe designs are too similar to its signature Flyknit design and […]

Oct
27
2015

Swoosh

The swoosh of Nike is probably one of the most iconic logos in the world. The question is whether an application of this logo, without its fame, would be accepted in the EU. A very similar logo (left) filed for clothing was rejected twice, the second time in appeal. According to the OHIM, this logo is […]

Jul
6
2015

A classic loss for Nike

converse-classic jazz star 1

Nike – the company that owns the plant making the iconic “Converse All Star” basketball shoes – has failed to stop a Penang-based company from using the “Classic Jazz Star” brand for its high-cut basketball shoes. It was ruled that although there is some visual similarity between the two star devices in the competing marks, […]

Jul
1
2015

Free Nike stuff

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Building your trademark or brand is more than just registering it and taking action against any abuse or misuse. It’s about building a connection with your audience, the consumers. The biggest brands in the world do just that: everyday they want people to care about the brand, and not only recognise it. And people care more […]

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