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.

‘Covfefe’ trademarks on the rise

Donald Trump tweeted the word 'covfefe' and the whole internet went into meltdown. With memes, Twitter debates, and even conspiracy theories being formed on the back of it, the latest trend seems to be to apply for a trademark for the word.  Although the meaning and...

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Brexit still a major challenge for trademark professionals

Brexit is impacting a lot of different aspects of life, and trademark strategy is no exception to this. 43% of trademark professionals identify Brexit as major challenge.  Unsurprisingly, Brexit was high on the agenda at a recent industry symposium, with 43% of...

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Adidas are being sued by Art Basel

The organizers of the Art Basel fair have begun a trademark infringement suit with Adidas over the distribution of free limited edition sneakers. The limited edition "Art Basel" sneakers were given away during a promotion surrounding the high-end art event in Miami in...

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Dunkin’ Donuts claim trademark infringement

Dunkin' Donuts have started a trademark litigation case with a coffee shop in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, called 'Mike's Coffee'. Dunkin' Donuts sent Mike's Coffee a cease and desist letter after discovering the use of the phrase "North runs on Mike's" - an...

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Hotel California deny claims

Last month we reported that the Eagles band were suing a hotel with the name 'Hotel California'. However, the owners of the Mexican hotel have this week hit back at the band, stating that the claim should be dismissed.  The owner said it "flatly denies" the Eagles'...

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Pandora and Paypal begin trademark litigation

A trademark lawsuit has begun ith PayPal suing music-streaming company Pandora on accusations that Pandora's latest logo looks a lot like PayPal's. Consumer confusion is the basis of the argument after PayPal found out via social media that members of the public who...

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Trump gains more trademarks in China

  President Trump and his daughter Ivanka have hit headlines over the last few months for their trademark applications in China, and the possibility of using their power to influence decisions in countries like China and thus further promote their personal...

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INTA 2018 Strategic Plan

Joe Ferrati has been working hard with the planning committee to come up with the new strategic plan. Joe told us that "Last year I had the privalege of leading the planning committee and we worked on the Strategic Plan... the team that was on the committee really did...

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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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