201808.02
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What’s in a hyphen?

That is the question that Mr Justice David Gendall of the High Court of New Zealand will now have to consider. The case concerns the well-known (in the UK) British breakfast cereal Weetabix and the equally well-known (in Australia and New Zealand) Kiwi breakfast cereal Weet-Bix. The question arises after British expat Lisa Wilson opened…

LNDR and LDNR confuse Londoners
201807.31
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LNDR and LDNR confuse Londoners

In the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court, Mr Justice Arnold has ruled that Nike has infringed a trademark owned by Frank Industries (“Frank”) that is uses for its women’s sportswear clothing brand LNDR. Frank owns the mark LNDR for use on sportswear. Frank filed a claim for passing off and trademark infringement against Nike in…

201807.13
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Rage Against rage against Farage

Rage Against The Machine (“Rage”), giants of global rock and metal, have accused Nigel Farage of intellectual property infringement over “brazen and unlawful” exploitation of their name and logo. Farage currently hosts a podcast called “Farage Against The Machine”. It does not take an IP specialist to see how this issue arose. A spokesman for…

Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
201803.20
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Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit

Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, have brought an infringement case against their dating app competitor, Bumble. The Claimant is an American internet company that owns a large group of dating services including Tinder, Match.com, OKCupid and PlentyOfFish. A complaint has been filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging, amongst…

Levi Strauss sues over red tabs
201710.04
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Levi Strauss sues over red tabs

According to World IP Review, Levi Strauss (Levi’s) is taking Connecticut clothing retailer Vineyard Vines to court in the US for trade mark infringement relating to red tabs attached to the back pockets of jeans, despite those tabs having Vineyard Vines’ logo on. Proceedings were reportedly issued last week in the Northern District of California….

Toblerone sues Poundland over ‘Twin Peaks’
201708.22
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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…

Burberry sues another counterfeit network
201707.17
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Burberry sues another counterfeit network

British brand Burberry has initiated proceedings in the US to sue a counterfeiting network. The fashion house claims that the network is intentionally manufacturing, importing and selling counterfeit Burberry goods throughout the US. Burberry owns several trade marks in the US including the ‘Burberry’ trade mark and the brand’s iconic chequered logo design on perfumes…

A cereal trade mark saga
201707.05
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A cereal trade mark saga

Around 300 boxes of Weetabix have been impounded by customs officers in New Zealand over a trade mark dispute between the importer of the British cereal and Sanitarium, the Australian manufacturer of Weet-Bix. Sanitarium requested customs officers impound the boxes of Weetabix because the cereal infringes its rights in its cereal Weet-Bix. Lisa Wilson, co-owner…