No break for KitKat
201804.19
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No break for KitKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé’s KitKat shape (the four-fingered one) may remain registered as an EU trademark. We have previously reported on the confectionery issue here. In a press-release announcing the decision today, advocate-general Wathelet said that the…

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…

Fowl play in Nando’s trademark dispute
201803.16
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Fowl play in Nando’s trademark dispute

Nando’s have taken legal action to prevent a chicken shop in Reading from infringing its cockerel and chilli logos as well as its name. Fernando’s, owned by Asam Aziz, has received a letter from Nando’s legal representatives, Bird & Bird, requiring it to cease infringement. Nando’s have asserted that the chicken and chilli images used…

‘Deisel’ by Diesel
201802.19
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‘Deisel’ by Diesel

Canal Street, New York is ground-zero for counterfeiting retailers. A barely tolerated haven to hawk knock-offs and fakes of some of the world’s best-known brands. Diesel’s parent company spends vast sums of money tracking down, then closing down, counterfeiters: last year they pursued and subsequently compelled to close down 86 websites selling copies of their…

Louboutin’s sole issue
201802.07
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Louboutin’s sole issue

Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has been struck a blow by the opinion of the European Court of Justice’s Advocate General Maciej Szpunar that “shape” includes colour. Christian Louboutin has been making shoes with the distinctive soles in Pantone 18 1663TP (or red, as it is more widely known) for over 25 years, and had argued…

Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.
201802.06
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Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.

UK brewery BrewDog has won an appeal over the registration of the trademark ‘BrewDog Elvis Juice’ for one of its beers. In 2016 the estate of the late great Elvis Presley opposed the registration on infringement grounds, and the applications were rejected by the UK Intellectual Property Office. They have now been allowed on appeal….

Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name
201802.02
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Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name

Having spent 43 years in the entertainment industry, winning multiple awards including Oscars and golden globes, Meryl Streep has now filed an application with the US Trademark and Patent Office to trademark her own name, “Meryl Streep”. Although Mary Louise Streep is her birth name, she has achieved fame and recognition through the name Meryl….