Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition
201904.10
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Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition

Battles are usually illustrated in comic books, however, recent intellectual property news tells us of a trade mark opposition battle between comic book companies, Goode Enterprise Solutions Limited and Marvel. In March 2018, Goode Enterprise Solutions, filed a US trade mark application for ‘Return of the Guardians’ covering classes 16, 25 and 41; notably comic…

Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court
201904.04
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Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court

The EU figurative trade mark for the well-known children’s character, Peppa Pig,  has prevailed in a three-year invalidity battle against an EU figurative trade mark for what is described as a ‘tapir head on a human body’ teamed with the wording “TOBBIA” (“the Tobbia sign”). The Peppa Pig sign depicts the pig in black and…

Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians
201902.27
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Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians

The wider Kardashian family (including younger sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner) do not seem to be able to stay out of the intellectual property news lately. Perhaps that is because when they throw their hefty social media weight behind something, it inevitably becomes a target for opportunist copycats and infringers. Perhaps, however, it is because…

Much ado about trademark infringement
201902.25
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Much ado about trademark infringement

The Public Theatre, the group responsible for the internationally acclaimed “Shakespeare in the Park” theatre productions held each summer in Manhattan’s Central Park, has filed a claim in the Southern District of New York against a hotelier in the city. The complaint is made against Ian Schrager and his hotel PUBLIC. It relates to The…

Start wearing purple wearing purple…
201902.07
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Start wearing purple wearing purple…

So sang Gogol Bordello in their gypsy punk hit in 2006. It was the band’s breakthrough track and they have sadly failed to stay in the mainstream ever since. Cadbury, however, fear that competitors may indeed start wearing purple following its abandonment of a trademark. Cadbury has duelled with Nestlé and a plethora of other…