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…

EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
201901.17
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EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac

The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac’s and McDonald’s. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac’s arguing that McDonald’s was using its name to prevent Supermac’s expansion into the rest of Europe. The judgment of the Cancellation Division cancels McDonald’s registration of ‘Big Mac’ which was…

Fenty Family at War
201901.16
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Fenty Family at War

Music artist Rihanna has made headlines this week after it has emerged that she is embroiled in a legal battle with her own father. The pop star, famous for music tracks such as ‘Umbrella’ and ‘We Found Love’, launched her own label in 2017 named Fenty (after her surname). Since its inception, the Fenty brand…

Breakfast at Costco
201901.10
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Breakfast at Costco

Back in 2016 we reported on the dispute between luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co (Tiffany) and US wholesaler, Costco.  The article can be read here. The dispute, which arose in 2013, centered around Costco’s use of the word ‘Tiffany’ in its sale of diamond rings.  Tiffany issued proceedings for trade mark infringement arguing that…

Lontex kick Nike with a trade mark infringement claim
201901.04
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Lontex kick Nike with a trade mark infringement claim

Sportswear giant Nike Inc has been accused of trademark infringement by fellow American competitor, Lontex Corporation. Lontex has claimed Nike has used its branding term, ‘Cool Compression’, without permission in its filing at the Pennsylvania Federal Court. Lontex started using the term ‘Cool Compression’ in 2007 and subsequently registered the term as a trademark the…

Hakuna Matata no more for Disney
201812.20
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Hakuna Matata no more for Disney

Hakuna Matata, the Swahili term for ‘no worries’ or ‘no problem’ that became synonymous with Disney classic ‘the Lion King’ is at the centre of a dispute this week in which Disney is accused of colonialism. The phrase, used normally as part of the Swahili language, was featured throughout the 1994 Disney classic in the…

Do you know your Bentley from your Bentley?
201812.14
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Do you know your Bentley from your Bentley?

A High Court claim has been commenced by Brandlogic, which operates the clothing brand ‘Bentley’. It has brought proceedings against Bentley Motors Limited, the British luxury car manufacturer, for trade mark infringement. According to the UK Intellectual Property Office Brandlogic and its subsidiaries, one being Bentley 1962 Ltd, own three trade marks for clothing bearing…