Apr
18
2014

Easter egg

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An overly IP-conscious employee of Thorntons Plc, a UK candy retailer, refused to write a 4-year-old child’s name on a chocolate Easter egg. The reason, you ask? He claimed copyright law barred using a name shared with a well-known soccer player. The child is named after Manchester United’s striker Wayne Rooney. The child’s mother, Jo-anne Scholes, […]

Apr
17
2014

Scottish whisky

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Scotch whisky is a multibillion industry, the export tops the 4 billion per year. One of the laws in IP: a successful will be hitchhiked. This was mainly in Australia a huge problem: The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) estimated that in Australia since 2005, two million counterfeit whisky bottles have been traded!But now there is […]

Apr
16
2014

Lights out

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Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is suing Nike over his “Lights Out” brand. Merriman states he earned his ‘Lights Out’ nickname in high school, after knocking out four opposing players in one football game. He made things official by registering the nick name as a trademark. He has been using it ever since. In 2006/2007, according […]

Apr
15
2014

Explosive trademark

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Ever thought of using the form of a grenade for your energy drink? Well, the English company Grenade does. As description Grenade calls itself a fatburner, this could be the link to the grenade, which you can call a rather aggressive fat burner. At the end, this form is rather unusual and therefore distinctive for […]

Apr
14
2014

Sue-perman

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Comic book giants Marvel and DC are being accused of threatening small firms over using the word ‘superhero’, because they registered it as a trademark. Marvel and DC have joined (super?)forces against British entrepreneur Graham Jules, who has written “Business Zero To Superhero”, a book  about how to set up a small firm. His attempt […]

Apr
10
2014

Licensed to kill

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Better preventing an infringement than fighting the results of it. This applies to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and the producers of James Bond. They have taken NBC Universal Media LLC to court after they had read the screenplay of a movie that is now in development. According to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerand and the producers, this screenplay is a obvious infringement […]

Apr
9
2014

The Cronut hype (2)

Hype Cronut leads to many trademark applications

The Cronut Hype, is still a hype. The donut/croissant-hybrid is still going strong, and this means many will try to claim the fame. By applying for a trademark. Many trademarks, in fact. One of the trademarks belongs to Dominique Ansel, owner of the New York City bakery that pioneered the product last May. Ansel is […]

Apr
8
2014

Soled out (3)

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Bad news for Christian Louboutin, after a Belgian court has invalidated their registered trademark for red-soled shoes in the Benelux, Louboutin has been a big source for our blog over the last years (see earlier posts here), and yet again the shoe designer takes the IP spotlight. The Belgian court ruled that the red sole cannot […]

Apr
7
2014

Mouse fight?

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No cat fight but a mouse fight. That is how you could call the dispute between the famous DJ Deadmau5 and Mickey Mouse. But it is not yet a dispute: Disney has extended the opposition period with the USPTO and is now investigating the possibilities.Deadmau5 is a famous DJ and is known for the mouse […]

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