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Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
Aug 16, 2017
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 C...
Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
Aug 2, 2017
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 lett...
Coca Cola Zero Sugar: a new sugar free brand
Aug 1, 2017
Last week, Coca-Cola revealed their latest project and new and improved Coca Cola Zero, Coca Cola Zero Sugar. After around a year of trials, Coca Cola claim to have succeeded in d...
Own name trade mark defence revoked for corporate entities
Jul 18, 2017
Until recently there was an "own name" defence to both UK and EU trade mark infringement. This defence continues to apply in the UK for both corporate identities and individuals un...
Burberry sues another counterfeit network
Jul 17, 2017
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 ...
Canadian Igloo Mark Handed To Indigenous People
Jul 14, 2017
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 fro...
Mother Teresa Sari Is Trade Marked
Jul 11, 2017
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 synony...
Court provides guidance on bad faith trade marks
Jul 10, 2017
A UK trade mark application will be rejected if it is shown to have been made in bad faith; an EU trade mark can be declared invalid on bad faith grounds. In the UK, bad faith can...
A cereal trade mark saga
Jul 5, 2017
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 Austral...
Donald Trump & 'Covfefe' Tweet: who owns the trade mark?
Jul 4, 2017
Donald Trump sparked a surge of trade mark applications for the word mark COVFEFE, after he wrote on Twitter in the early hours of the morning at the end of May. The President twe...
Names of Beyoncé Twins Revealed?
Jul 3, 2017
Amidst the speculation that Beyoncé gave birth to her twins in June the internet has been buzzing with rumours and theories behind what the twins could potentially be called. This ...
Gene Simmons' trade mark application withdrawn
Jun 27, 2017
It emerged last week that an application to register a hand-gesture as a US trade mark has been withdrawn. Most trade marks are either words or logos though a trade mark can take v...
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