Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
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Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement

Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued Costco in 2013 for trade mark infringement. Costco had been selling solitaire style diamond rings displayed with reference ‘Tiffany’ labelling. Tiffany argued that the labelling was misleading to customers while…

Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
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Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently ruled on opposition proceedings brought by tyre company Michelin, relying on their earlier trade mark for a stylised letter X registered for ‘Envelopes, inner tubes for pneumatic tyres’ to oppose Continental’s registration for a stylised version of ‘XKING’ for ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin…

Burberry sues another counterfeit network
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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…

Canadian Igloo Mark Handed To Indigenous People
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Canadian Igloo Mark Handed To Indigenous People

When Inuit art was introduced into the Canadian art scene in the early 1950s, the Canadian federal government created the igloo tag, a trade mark to protect Inuit artists’ work from imitators. This trade mark was kept under the control of the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs (DINA) in what was seen by some…

Mother Teresa Sari Is Trade Marked
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Mother Teresa Sari Is Trade Marked

The religious order founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata, the Missionaries of Charity, which continues her work has trade marked in India the white, blue rimmed sari that was synonymous with the saint. The lawyer acting for the order has claimed that this is the first time a mark has been granted for a religious…

A cereal trade mark saga
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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…