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.


Rick Ross to pay millions in TM dispute

In November 2015, independent musician Raul Caiz suid hip-hop star Rick Ross and his bosses at Def Jam and Universal for trademark infringement and an array of other legal offenses. Caiz claimed Ross began using his stage name, Mastermind, without his permission....

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Levi’s labelled a ‘trademark bully’ by Barbour

Legal papers have been filed in the New York Federal Court by fashion brand Barbour, stating that Levi's 'trademark bully' reputation is valid after filing for than 300 lawsuits since 1989. The statement comes in response to threats be Levi's over Barbour’s use of its...

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BT win UK Supreme Court battle over blocking orders

A UK Supreme Court decision this week means that internet service providers (ISPs), like BT, will no longer have to pay the costs for trademark infringement blocking orders. Instead, rights-holders will have to reimburse the costs of blocking infringing material to...

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Louboutin win Red Sole case

The European Court of Justice has ruled this week that fashion designer Christian Louboutin's trademark for his red soles should be allowed. The case was against rival firm Van Haren, who claimed that the soles of the shoes should not be able to be registered due to...

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FAZE Apparel and FaZe Clan go head-to-head

You may have heard of FAZE Apparel, a clothing company based in San Francisco. You're more likely to have heard of North American esports organization FaZe Clan. This week, the clothing company are attempting to sue the sports organization (well, their clothing line...

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Post-GDPR brand protection solution from MarkMonitor

Following the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), MarkMonitor has announced a new technological solution that is set to simplify how brands protect themselves online. The solution is an extension of MarkMonitor’s world-leading brand...

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Velcro protect brand with second video

Last year, Velcro released a music video featuring singing lawyers asking people to #DontSayVelcro. The video was a bid to get people to stop using the brand name as a general term to prevent trademark infringement and genericide occurring. This week, the brand has...

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Scandalous Trademark Applications On Hold

WRITTEN BY: Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A Trademarks consisting of or comprising “scandalous or immoral” matter still won’t be granted federal registration “in the name of the United States of America,” at least for the time being. Immediately on the heels of the...

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SnapDragon “Swoops” to rescue counterfeited brands

SnapDragon, the legal tech company, today launches Swoop, an automated brand monitoring platform for designers, manufacturers and retailers, the first of its kind to be made publicly available. Swoop has been created to enable brands to wage war with online criminal...

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