Browsing articles in "trademarks"
Apr
18
2013

Crown jewels

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In Holland, we are preparing ourselves for the new King who will be wearing the crown as of April 30. In the US, a crown is also the subject of attention: a lawsuit has been filed by Diageo, the producer of the whiskey Crown Royal against competitor Mexcor. Diageo already filed earlier this year a […]

Apr
17
2013

Rooftop

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The roof of a building as a trademark? Of course. Trademark Attorneys can do anything! A lot of business identifiers can be a trademark. As long as it can identify the origin. We wrote earlier about the layout of an Apple Store being a trademark. Now we can add ‘roof’ to the saga of odd […]

Apr
16
2013

Top or flop?

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Talpa is the company of John de Mol, creator of many international television formats such as The Voice and Big Brother.  Recently Talpa was involved in an opposition procedure with the BBC relating to the program Top of the Tops. This music chart has been broadcasted since the sixties. Talpa wanted to register the trademark […]

Apr
12
2013

Oompa Loompa

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You may always have thought that Wonka bars are made by Willy Wonka. Wrong. They are actually produced by Nestlé, in probably a far less colorful chocolate factory. Now Wonka bars are suffering foul play, from a counterfeit bar that have reached stores in the UK. The bars are almost identical to the real Wonka […]

Apr
11
2013

Champagne Champion

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Look out with Champagne! No, this is not an anti-drinking campaign. Actually, we love Champagne. No, this is a warning for the use of the name Champagne. This name is a protected geographical appelation of origin and is closely monitored by the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC). In the Netherlands, there has been […]

Apr
8
2013

Say what?

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Apple paid a lot of money in some countries to obtain earlier trademarks of the brand name iPhone and iPad. This leads to other companies looking for fortune as well. The most recent case: a hearing aid company that sues Apple because of their new headphones. Along with the iPhone 5, Apple released the EarPods, […]

Apr
4
2013

Cabtured

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A new concept in Germany: you order your medicine online, choose your pharmacy and your prescription will be delivered. And not just by a courier on a bike but by someone in a remarkable car: a car with a pill on the roof! One cannot deny that a car with a pill on the roof […]

Apr
2
2013

No kitty cat

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Sanrio is a Japanese company known for its “Hello Kitty” products, products that are pink and can be found in the average girl’s room. This company felt obliged to come with an official statement that it has nothing to do with Hello Kitty rifles, grenades, guns and other weaponry. Say what? Well, it began with […]

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