CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer
201708.29
0

CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer

American golf equipment retailer PING has caused controversy by stopping two UK retailers from selling some of its products online. The products in question are golf clubs and PING’s position is that the limitation relating to online sales comes down to their desire to offer custom fitting of clubs to each golfer’s needs. Custom fitting,…

Toblerone sues Poundland over ‘Twin Peaks’
201708.22
0

Toblerone sues Poundland over ‘Twin Peaks’

We reported on Toblerone’s change of shape in 2016 here. Poundland recently announced the launch of its newest chocolate product, Twin Peaks. Modelez, owner of Toberlone, has issued court proceedings against Poundland in respect of its new product. The famous Toblerone chocolate bar has chocolcate ‘peaks’ reminiscent of the Matterhorn in Switzerland; Twin Peaks is…

Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?
201708.21
0

Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?

An interesting case is currently before the US Supreme Court concerning the question of whether the term ‘google’ is now so generic that it is not capable of trade mark protection. The purpose of a trade mark is to distinguish the goods or services of one entity from those of another in the eyes of…

Atari and KitKat to break it down in court
201708.18
0

Atari and KitKat to break it down in court

Atari has issued proceedings in the US against Nestlé relating to intellectual property in one of its historic games. The claim relates to Atari’s game “Breakout”, a famous computer game introduced in the 1970s, the key elements of which Atari claims are reproduced in Nestlé’s new KitKat advertising campaign. The KitKat advert depicts a group…

Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler
201708.17
0

Van Morrison challenged by ex-professional wrestler

The cover image for Van Morrison’s newest album, ‘Roll With The Punches’, features an image of Billy Two Rivers (the Image), a Canadian born ex-professional wrestler. In addition to appearances in numerous television programmes and films, Billy Two Rivers was also a leader of the Mohawk nation on the Kahnawake reservation, has featured in songs…

Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
201708.16
0

Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement

Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued Costco in 2013 for trade mark infringement. Costco had been selling solitaire style diamond rings displayed with reference ‘Tiffany’ labelling. Tiffany argued that the labelling was misleading to customers while…