Coffee Rocks gets ground down
201801.17
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Coffee Rocks gets ground down

Starbucks has succeeded in its latest appeal in its opposition of Belgian entrepreneur Hasmik Nersesyan’s application to register a figurative mark for her ‘Coffee rocks’ brand. The EU General Court has annulled a EUIPO decision rejecting the objection filed by Starbucks. Previously, the EUIPO’s Fourth Board of Appeal had determined that the marks were “dissimilar…

Court wakes up and smells the coffee
201712.15
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Court wakes up and smells the coffee

Nestlé, the Swiss food and drink company that boasts over 2000 brands, has taken a knock to its reputation after having one of its 3D trade marks annulled by Germany’s Federal Patents Court. This is not the first time we have reported on Nestlé’s trademark struggles. We previously wrote an article on Nestlé’s unsuccessful attempt…

Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements
201711.24
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Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements

McDaniel & Co. client Talking Tables Limited, which produces design-led games and party accessories, was recently interviewed for an article on the Real Business website, which can be found at the following link: https://realbusiness.co.uk/law/2017/11/24/classic-case-small-business-ip-infringement/. In the article, Talking Tables set out the importance of taking legal action to protect innovative creations if they are at…

Fake remembrance poppy goods seized at docks
201711.13
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Fake remembrance poppy goods seized at docks

The Home Office released a statement last Friday concerning the discovery of £150,000 worth of fake poppy branded goods in a shipping consignment from China which was randomly inspected at Tilbury Docks, ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 11 November 2017. According to the statement, the shipment included thousands of items of jewellery, scarves and keyrings…

McGregor Faces Trade Mark Fight
201711.01
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McGregor Faces Trade Mark Fight

Conor McGregor, the Irish mixed martial arts professional who was defeated by professional boxer Floyd Mayweather in one of the biggest fights in combat sports history, has taken a further blow; this time in regards to his whiskey venture. During McGregor’s time promoting the Mayweather v McGregor fight he was seen plugging a bottle of…

Australian manufacturer in UGG battle
201710.18
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Australian manufacturer in UGG battle

Outside of Australia, a lot of people would associate the name ‘ugg’ with the UGG footwear brand known for producing, amongst other products, sheepskin boots (UGG). UGG is a division of American company Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Deckers). In Australia, however, the word ‘ugg’ has been used as a generic term for sheepskin boots for years….