Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden’s holding company have launched a $2 million trademark suit against the makers of video game Ion Maiden. The lawsuit, filed at the Central District of California court on 28th May, accuses creators 3D Realms Entertainment of using an “incredibly blatant"...

INTA president asks members for unity in stopping counterfeits

International Trademark Association (INTA) members should help stop the propagation of counterfeits, according to association president David Lossignol. This comes after INTA released a report which showed up to 79% of 18-23-year-olds surveyed had purchased...

Trump to tackle illicit goods and piracy

U.S. president Donald Trump yesterday signed a memorandum that aims to stop the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods. The memorandum, outlines policies aimed at tackling counterfeits online and the administration's goal to “protect American businesses,...

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Christian Louboutin wins another red sole shoe case

Christian Louboutin secured a victory in its long-running red sole case against Dutch footwear brand Van Haren. Van Haren launched a collection of high-heeled shoes complete with red soles in 2012. Paris-based Louboutin, who own the lacquered Chinese red sole,...

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Cadbury gives up claim on the color purple

Confectionery giant Cadbury has given up its claim to the trademark on the color purple, having used the colour since 1914. The company lost the trademark to this particular shade at the Court of Appeal last year after a case launched by Nestle which claimed trademark...

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Chinese government grant Ivanka Trump five trademarks

The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval of another five trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s company this month. Four trademarks, including child care centres, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday, with a fifth for brokerage, charitable...

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Popstar Rihanna sues dad over Fenty trademark

Rihanna has sued her father for suggesting that a business venture he set up in 2017 is associated with her Fenty brand. The international popstar - real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty- filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday accusing father Ronald Fenty...

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McDonald’s loses EU trademark for Big Mac

McDonald’s has lost its European trademark rights for its Big Mac burger after a legal battle with Irish chain Supermac’s ended last week. Supermac’s brought a case against McDonald's to the EU Intellectual Property Office two years ago, accusing the fast-food chain...

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US Supreme Court to consider case on vulgar trademarks

The US Supreme Court agreed to a hearing for a case brought by a clothing line named "Fuct" whose registration was refused by the government on grounds of vulgarity. The street-wear brand, founded in 1990 by Los Angeles-based designer Erik Brunetti, was initially...

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BIC files infringement complaints for pocket lighters

Pocket lighter maker BIC Corporation filed a Section 337 infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to stop the importation of infringing pocket lighters. BIC also filed a complaint in the Eastern District of New York with...

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Amazon hit with trademark and patent lawsuit over chair design

Amazon is being sued for allegedly copying one of Williams-Sonoma's protected chair designs. Williams-Sonoma filled a trademark and design patent infringement lawsuit in a federal court in California against the American e-commerce giant. With its “cutout back, and...

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Six of ten fake goods seizures are from small parcels

A new report out today reveals that more than six out of ten customs seizures of counterfeit or pirated goods are of small parcels sent through postal or courier services. The research, carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the...

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‘St Andrews’ trademark application dismissed by EU court

The European Union Intellectual Property Office has denied an appeal by famous golf course St Andrews to register their name as a trademark. St Andrews links wanted the name of the Scottish coastal town to be protected in order to stop other companies around the world...

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Cadbury lose appeal on trademarking color Purple

Cadbury today lost their appeal to trademark the color purple. The case concerns Cadbury’s registered UK trademark for the color purple, which states  “The mark consists of the color purple (Pantone 2685C) as shown on the form of application, applied to the whole...

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Red Bull fails to convince EUIPO for opposition filing

Red Bull's attempt to oppose the trademark registration for a beverage company called "Big Horn" over their logo has failed with the EUIPO.Citing brand protection, Red Bull argued that the logos were too similar, as both feature bulls and a yellow background, but Big...

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Trademarks dance with Mary Jane

Max Vern from Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP explores the practical aspects of protection of cannabis-related trademarks in the United States.

Italy: Supreme brand granted “recognition” and injunction order in Venice Court

Francesco Bonini of Studio Bonini breaks down the case Chapter 4 Corp.DBA Supreme v International Brand Firm and others: Supreme is distinctive for wide gained recognition and the court hits counterfeiters with Injunction order.

CITMA – looking to the future

Tania Clark, President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), discusses CITMA’s recent achievements and developments over the past three years.

Malicious trademark registration and Chinese law

Guanbin XIE, Bin ZHANG and Xiao WANG, of Lifang & Partners, discuss malicious trademark registration practices in China and what measures are in place to safeguard against them.

The brave new world of enforcing IP rights by way of preliminary injunctions in Germany

Dr. Carsten Menebröcker and Valeska Töbelmann of CMS discuss enforcing IP rights through preliminary injunctions in Germany.

Brazilian PTO’s backlog: What to expect in 2019?

Paulo Parente Marques Mendes, Bárbara Angela Leitão and Eriça Tomimaru from Brazil’s leading IP office Di Blasi, Parente & Associados explore the updates on the backlog reduction in the trademark sector and what to expect when Brazil enters the Madrid Protocol.

Infringement on the rise: 35% of brands suffer industrial design infringement

Karl Doane, Senior Product Manager at CompuMark, examines the rising infringement of industrial designs.

Well-known trademarks unknown in Russia: Why?

Natalia Radchenko, Trademark Attorney at Gorodissky & Partners, discusses the differences with well-known trademarks in Russia.

Evolution of trademark concept in Mexico

Senior Associate Gerardo Parra gives brief overview of 2018 amendments to the Industrial Property Law.

Fighting counterfeiting in Nigeria: Where we stand on this issue

Inês Duarte Tavares, IP Consultant for Inventa International, discusses the battle against counterfeits in Nigeria.

Trademark protection in Poland

Joanna Piłka of PATPOL explains why it is worth protecting trademarks in Poland, walks through the trademark registration system in Poland and points out some important issues to keep in mind.

It is not just about the “Big Fish”: Helping SMEs go global in a trademark world

Micheline Dessureault, partner at Joli-Coeur Lacasse Avocats, talks about how trademark practitioners focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face very different challenges from those of practitioners serving firms that target major portfolio clients.

The implementation of theory of relativity in sound mark registration in China

Shirley Ya LIN & Nikita Min XUE of HongFangLaw examine the tech company Tencent’s successful challenge against the Chinese trademark review administration and give their take on this case and its implications, analyzing why the Tencent case is unique and how sound marks could be registrable in China.

Service Provider Spotlight

Introducing our newly created segment: Service Provider Spotlight. This segment gives a platform for IP service providers to thoroughly explain their system, alongside other systems which provide the same, or different services, to create a holistic one-stop database for all your IP admin needs.

Joining causes of action in trademark & design cases under Indian law

Soumik Chakraborty and Suhrita Majumdar of S. Majumdar & Co. walk-through the joining causes of action in trademark & designs cases.

Madrid protocol: Brazil almost there

Eduardo Machado, senior partner at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello, explains Brazil’s delay in joining the Madrid Protocol and the benefits of joining.

Looking back on 20 years of the country’s intellectual property system

Sergio Braz of Braz and Associates looks at the 20-year journey the IP system has undergone in Mozambique.

The new notion of distinctive combination in Russia

Marina Karaldina from Patentica analyzes the positive changes brought by the recent amendment to the Russian Civil Code allowing registration of distinctive combinations.

How to recognize a well-known trademark in China

Hongxia WU of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office walks through the process of how well-known trademarks can be identified in China.

The cost of confusion: Trademark infringement damages in a globalized, digital age

Pat Breslin, CEO of Breslin Consulting LLP, discusses the pivotal roles that trademarks and related IP play in global IP disputes, in the contexts of globalization and the expanding digital economy.

Why legal teams should work with alternative legal service providers to achieve optimal efficiency

VP Marketing at Brandstock Group Elena Galletti explains the benefit legal teams derive from working with service providers.

Glen Buchenbach – Scotch whisky?

Dydra Donath, partner at Mewburn Ellis, discusses the recent CJEU decision on the long-running battle between TSWA and Germany distillery Waldhorn over the use of the word ‘Glen’.

Innovation Box – new regulation introducing tax relief on the commercialization of innovations

Attorney at law and patent attorney for ZM Legal, Klaudia Błach-Morysińska, walks through the new regulations on Polish tax and its implications on IP rights.

Tea companies May and Orimi ended with the exclusion of the word element “HIGHLAND”

Sergey Zuykov and Alexandra Pelikh of Zuykov and Partners discuss a case which saw the confrontation of the tea companies May and Orimi, which ended with the exclusion of the word element “HIGHLAND” from the legal protection in the trademarks of LLC Orimi.

Utilizing co-existence agreement / letter of consent to overcome a trademark refusal in China

Mr. Nick Ji of Corner Stone & Partners explores the possibility of overcoming a trademark refusal with the help of a co-existence agreement / letter of consent.

Trademarks in Malta

Steven Decesare and Sharon Xuereb of Camilleri Preziosi discuss the trademark landscape in Malta.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

For Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), LawCare CEO Elizabeth Rimmer looks at what legal workplaces can do to look after the wellbeing of their workforce.

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