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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 –...

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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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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One in ten UK consumers injured after buying counterfeit goods

Close to one in 10 UK consumers (9%) who have bought a counterfeit product online in the past year have been injured as a result of purchasing the item, according to an independent report by online brand protection company, Incopro. Of those consumers who have been...

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Transferable IP rights confirmed post Brexit

EU trademarks and designs will continue being valid in UK post Brexit under the draft withdrawal agreement. Article 54 of the withdrawal agreement confirms owners of EU trademarks - even those registered or granted in the 21-month transition period - will ‘without any...

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Fake poppy sellers diverting cash away from charities

Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, is a day for the nation to commemorate the contribution of men and women who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom, wearing a remembrance poppy to show support and appreciation. But unfortunately – like a lot...

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New Darts-ip Report on Immoral Trademarks

Based on a study of data in the Darts-ip case database, the aim of this report is to discuss rejections based on grounds of immorality in different jurisdictions around the world. The data within this report covers Europe, USA, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and...

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All Star v EUIPO: Distinctiveness of 3D trademarks

On 29 March 2019, the General Court of the European Union (GC) handed down its decision in Case T-611/17 All Star CV v EUIPO. All Star – famous for its Converse-branded footwear – obtained an EU trademark in 2010 for the threedimensional mark in respect of goods in inter alia class 25.

EU certification and collective marks

As a consequence of trade globalization and the access to a wider variety of goods and services, product quality has become a growing concern for consumers.

Trespass on our trademark

Ben Jenkins of Excello Law examines Luen Fat Metal’s defense of their trademark against Trespass and the protection secured for their “funtime” logo.

New European spirit drinks regulation EU 2019/787

Dydra Donath of Mewburn Ellis breaks down the new regulation the EU has placed on spirit drink trademarks.

Combating counterfeits to protect consumers and the brand promise

2019 INTA President David Lossignol talks about his goals of combating counterfeits and INTA’s efforts in implementing them.

NESTLE WATERS wins first trial

Recently, the court in Dalian City made a first instance decision in favor of NESTLE WATERS, represented by Corner Stone & Partners, on a lawsuit of trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute raised against Shenyang Tuanshansi Mineral Spring Beverage Co., Ltd. and Shahekou District Yisheng Trading Firm.

Multimedia & trademarks – old or new rules for the digital world?

In the last decade, stationary trade has become of stagnating relevance, whereas online-generated business has won a substantial increase.

The protection of Traditional Knowledge in Africa

Inês Monteiro Alves of Inventa International discusses what protections are afforded to Traditional Knowledge methods and practices in Africa.

What comes next after obtaining trademark protection in Poland?

Monika Zieliń ska of Patpol presents a handful of tips on what should be remembered by the holders of Polish national trademarks, especially in view of the latest amendments to the Polish Industrial Property Law.

IP offices: Keeping up with innovation

Sandra Mau and Robert Reading of CompuMark examine the landscapes for IP offices around the world.

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