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.

Yoko Ono isn’t happy with new John Lemon drink

A polish beverage company created a new drink recently and decided to name it 'John Lemon', arguably after the Beatle's star John Lennon. However, this week they have agreed to change the name of the new product after Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, threatened legal action...

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WeWork vs. UrWork

It's a tricky situation when two companies have similar names. It's a trickier situation when two companies in the same industry have similar names; this is the situation WeWork and UrWork have found themselves in this week. WeWork is valued at $20 billion and has...

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Kodi in an ironic trademark infringement lawsuit

Kodi, a free and open-source media player software application that lets you stream anything on any device, has been the forefront of many table topics at IP conferences around the world this year. The problem being the copyright to the films and TV shows they are...

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Lidl and Kroger case dropped

Earlier this year, the Kroger Co. filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Lidl, almost immediately after it entered the U.S. market. Kroger claimed in its suit that Lidl’s Preferred Selection private brand and logo copied its own Private Selection line. This...

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Craft beer trademarks increase 19% in last year.

It has been announced this week that the number of new trademark registrations in the UK for craft beer brands has risen from 1,666 in 2015 to 1,983 in 2016 - an overall increase of 19%. RPC has stated that the last time trademark registrations grew at such a rate was...

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McDonald’s could be shutting down 169 franchises in India

Starting today, McDonald's have announced that Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL) are not authorized to use its brand name and trademark. This means that up to 169 stores in India will be forced to close today to avoid future infringement charges. CPRL is a 50:50...

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Conor McGregor’s latest fight for trademark rights

Since Conor McGregor's fight with undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, it's safe to say he has become a global icon. With global icon status comes a requirement to protect yourself from copycats and to, therefore, increase your intellectual property...

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