Air New Zealand’s ‘Kia Ora’ climbdown

Air New Zealand’s ‘Kia Ora’ climbdown

In the face of mounting anger from indigenous Māori groups and a threat by the Māori Council to boycott New Zealand’s national airline altogether, Air New Zealand has announced that it has withdrawn its controversial application to trademark the logo of its in-flight...

USPTO green card backlash

In August, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced a controversial new requirement, whereby trademark applications made by foreign applicants resident in the United States would only be able to apply to register once they first proved their status as...

Ohio State University fails to trademark “The”

Ohio State University baffled many when it recently attempted to trademark the word “The”, insisting that the full name of the institution, founded in 1870, is “The Ohio State University” and, as such, it was entitled to trademark the word “The” in order to license...

Nintendo steps up trademark and copyright war

Japanese videogame giant Nintendo has launched proceedings against website RomUniverse, an online source of unauthorized videogame ROMs, including for many popular Nintendo games. ROM files are essentially illegal copies of games, which can be played on modified game...

Ariana Grande seeks $10 million for Forever 21 infringement

Pop superstar Ariana Grande has commenced proceedings against American fashion retailer Forever 21, alleging trademark infringement as well as a violation of her privacy, and copyright infringement. Grande’s lawsuit alleges that when she declined to feature in a...

The Obamas seek Higher Ground

Former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have been accused of “deplorable behavior” after they applied to cancel the trademark of an e-book publisher. In April, the Obamas had their application to trademark their own company name, Higher Ground...

Litigious Uber goes after “BeauBer”

The owner of a Florida beauty salon has attracted the unwelcome attention of Uber after releasing her own appointment-booking app, “BeauBer”. The name of Carolina Vengoechea’s app is a portmanteau of the two services she offers at her salon, namely “beautician” and...

Singapore introduces trademark applications “on the go”

Singapore has become the first country in the world to enable applicants to file for a trademark registration via an app on their smartphone. “IPOS Go” was built and released by IPOS – the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. According to IPOS, the new app...

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Air New Zealand’s ‘Kia Ora’ climbdown

In the face of mounting anger from indigenous Māori groups and a threat by the Māori Council to boycott New Zealand’s national airline altogether, Air New Zealand has announced that it has withdrawn its controversial application to trademark the logo of its in-flight...

read more

USPTO green card backlash

In August, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced a controversial new requirement, whereby trademark applications made by foreign applicants resident in the United States would only be able to apply to register once they first proved their status as...

read more

Nintendo steps up trademark and copyright war

Japanese videogame giant Nintendo has launched proceedings against website RomUniverse, an online source of unauthorized videogame ROMs, including for many popular Nintendo games. ROM files are essentially illegal copies of games, which can be played on modified game...

read more

Ohio State University fails to trademark “The”

Ohio State University baffled many when it recently attempted to trademark the word “The”, insisting that the full name of the institution, founded in 1870, is “The Ohio State University” and, as such, it was entitled to trademark the word “The” in order to license...

read more

Ariana Grande seeks $10 million for Forever 21 infringement

Pop superstar Ariana Grande has commenced proceedings against American fashion retailer Forever 21, alleging trademark infringement as well as a violation of her privacy, and copyright infringement. Grande’s lawsuit alleges that when she declined to feature in a...

read more

The Obamas seek Higher Ground

Former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have been accused of “deplorable behavior” after they applied to cancel the trademark of an e-book publisher. In April, the Obamas had their application to trademark their own company name, Higher Ground...

read more

Litigious Uber goes after “BeauBer”

The owner of a Florida beauty salon has attracted the unwelcome attention of Uber after releasing her own appointment-booking app, “BeauBer”. The name of Carolina Vengoechea’s app is a portmanteau of the two services she offers at her salon, namely “beautician” and...

read more

Singapore introduces trademark applications “on the go”

Singapore has become the first country in the world to enable applicants to file for a trademark registration via an app on their smartphone. “IPOS Go” was built and released by IPOS – the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. According to IPOS, the new app...

read more

Who’s the Boss? Welsh Brewery finds out … to its cost

Welsh Brewer Boss Brewing applied last year to register two of its beers, “Boss Black” and “Boss Boss”, a process that usually costs in the region of £300. However, clothing giant Hugo Boss objected, insisting that the small Welsh firm “cease and desist” selling the...

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Guns N’ Rosé trademark action to be settled

Hard rock band Guns N’ Roses have agreed to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against brewery Oskar Blues, which had been selling a beer called “Guns ‘N’ Rosé”. The federal lawsuit was filed in May 2019. The brewery had earlier sought to trademark the...

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Gatorade still “The Sports Fuel Company” after ruling

The Court of Appeals in the US has reaffirmed the right of The Gatorade Company to use the slogan “Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company” in the latest installment of a long-running dispute. SportFuel, a Chicago-based lifestyle and nutrition consultancy which owns a number...

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McDonald’s loses exclusive use of “Mc”

American fast food giant McDonald’s has suffered a fresh blow to its “Mc” trademark, losing its exclusive claim to the use of the prefix on a number of its products and services. Irish company Supermac’s, which operates over one hundred food outlets in the Republic of...

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Claridge’s wins trademark action against candle company

Claridge’s Hotel of Mayfair has won its trademark case against Claridge Candles after successfully arguing that the independent candle manufacturer had been trading off the hotel's name and reputation. The hotel had argued that the candle and oil diffuser company had...

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Red Bull loses “blue and silver” trademark appeal

Red Bull’s latest appeal against the European Central Court’s decision to invalidate its “blue and silver” trademarks has ended in failure. The soft drinks giant registered two trademarks, the first in 2005 and the second in 2011, covering the use of the colors blue...

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Litigants cannot choose their opponent’s Lawyers

In a rather rare application, Scottish glass producer Glencairn sought to prevent the Leeds team at IP law specialist Virtuoso Legal from acting for Glencairn’s opponent, Canadian-based Product Specialities Inc.  The basis for the case was that the Virtuoso Legal...

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Over 2 Million AI-Powered Trademark Searches Completed

Trademark professionals have completed over 2 million AI-powered trademark searches in 7 years through TrademarkNow’s platform. The amount of searches is growing rapidly every month, as evidenced by an increasing number of companies implementing intellectual property...

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Facebook tech fails to detect fake Which? advert

With all the public battles that Facebook has been confronted with recently, it’s no surprise that Which? managed to, very easily, work its way through the company’s ad monitoring process. What is shocking is how long the advert managed to stay active and unnoticed –...

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JetBlue files infringement lawsuit against Walmart

JetBlue Airways has filed an infringement suit against Walmart for the name Jetblack. According to court filings, JetBlue claimed that Walmart tried to capitalize on the goodwill associated with the airline’s trademark name. JetBlue state that Walmart's mark causes...

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Brandstock wins groundbreaking verdict for Mondelez “MILKA”

Elena Galletti of Brandstock reviews their latest win for Mondelez.

What happens to seized counterfeit goods?

Aprajita Nigam and Mahima Madan of LexOrbis look at procedures in India for dealing with seized goods.

Opposition procedure in Poland – pros and cons

Aleksandra Kryśka of Patpol examines how trademark opposition procedures operate in Poland.

How trademarks may collide with other IP subject matters

Alina Grechikhina of Gorodissky & Partners highlights the interplay between trademarks and other IP matters in Russia.

Designs – the forgotten IP weapon

Rosie Burbidge, partner at Gunnercooke, looks at the way designs are, and should be, considered within an IP framework.

Venezuelan fees to protect brands owned by foreign IP holders must be paid only in cash

Ricardo A. Antequera, Managing Partner of Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez, looks at the payment of fees to protect brands in Venezuela.

The present situation and prospects for GUI protection in China

John XIA of Corner Stone & Partners discusses the development of Graphical User Interface (GUI) patents.

Safer trademark and branding creation for creative clients

Rachel Pasher Eijkenaar, Adv., Freelance IP lawyer and member of the Israeli BAR, discusses the issues facing creative clients when creating new brands.

Counterfeit goods and waste management

Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Associate, Anand and Anand, talks about the environmental implications surrounding the disposal of counterfeit goods by authorities in India.

The Trademark Law Revised - 2019 Amendments

Liang Hui, with contributions from Chris Fung, of Lifang & Partners, takes an in-depth look at upcoming amendments to Chinese trademark law.

Use of a trademark and proof of use – some thoughts in the light of recent EUIPO and General Court decisions

Klaudia Błach-Morysińska of ZM Legal, Poland, discusses the issues connected with proof of use under Polish and EU law. 

A claim for the prohibition on the use of a trademark in a domain name as a method of the violated rights defense

Roman Larshin of Zuykov and partners, Russia, discusses the defense of trademarks in domain names under Russian law.

Examining the amendments to Mexican Trademark Law which became effective from 10 August 2018

Antonio Belaunzarán and Alonso Camargo of OLIVARES discuss the most important recent amendments to trademark laws in Mexico.

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