Trademark News

All the most recent news stories, updated every Thursday, to keep you informed of the events in an ever changing and fast paced industry.

Deadmau5 countersues

Joel Zimmerman has worked hard to create his Deadmau5 DJ persona and is taking to intellectual property to fight for his rights. The Canadian electronic music DJ has filed a countersuit against online retailer meowingtons.com for using his cat's name, Prof....

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KitKat lose trademark appeal for its shape

After months of deliberation, Nestlé has lost the latest round of its trademark battle with Cadbury in the UK. Nestlé believes they should be able to trademark the shape of the KitKat to prevent competitors, such as Cadbury, from making the same product but the court...

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Google win ‘genericide’ case

There are situations in the intellectual property world when popularity works against you. Genericide has happened to the likes of hoover, selloptape, trampoline, aspirin and many more: becoming a generic word for that product means brands can no longer use it as a...

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Tough Mudder inc. file color trademark lawsuit

Color trademarks has been a controversial topic for many years, with laws changing throughout different jurisdictions all the time. This week, Raymond Area Rotary Club are seeing the consequences of this law after being warned that the club’s use of the color orange...

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Beyonce still can’t trademark Blue Ivy’s name

It is a frequent event that famous people try to trademark their name in order to stop companies making money off it. Last month, it hit the headlines that Victoria Beckham was trying to trademark her daughter Harper's name, and now Beyoncé is doing the same. It has...

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The case of the red umbrella

An iconic red umbrella has come under fire this week over an alleged trademark infringement. Travelers Insurance Indemnity Co. have been using the red umbrella as a part of its branding since the 1960s, but have now noticed a financial management company from...

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Indie game Prey for the Gods to change name

Bethesda has let its lawyers off the leash once again, and this time they've forced a name change on upcoming indie game "Prey for the Gods". Prey for the Gods, a frosty, boss-focussed PC action adventure developed by No Matter Studios, is now known as "Praey for the...

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Starbucks Unicorn drink in trademark suit

Starbucks is being sued by a small New York City cafe for trademark infringement over the new Unicorn Frappuccino. The End, Brooklyn, claims they introduced a healthy Unicorn Latte in December and it is being overshadowed by the coffee giant's new drink. Starbucks'...

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Eagles sue Hotel California

The Hotel California in Baja is being sued by U.S band 'The Eagles' for trademark infringement. The Eagles claim that the establishment is trying to capitalize on the popularity of their song, tricking customers into believing the hotel and the song are related,...

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Protecting IP and confidential information

James Martin, Partner at DMH Stallard and one of the UK’s foremost legal experts in the field of IP, has set out below 10 key considerations for how business owners should protect their intellectual property and particularly their commercially sensitive confidential...

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