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Spanish Cheese Producers Don't Feel Grate About New Trade Deal
Apr 30, 2018
Spanish producers of the famous sheep's milk cheese, manchego, are not happy with a recent EU decision which will allow Mexican producers of cow's milk cheese to use the manchego n...
Messi scores at the General Court
Apr 27, 2018
Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi has won a seven-year trade mark battle over the use of his own name. Messi first made an application in 2011 to the European...
No break for KitKat
Apr 19, 2018
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...
Light at the end of the tunnel for 'Black Friday' trade mark monopoly
Apr 16, 2018
The American term, 'Black Friday', which refers to the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices and make special offers, has become an entrenched phenomenon in many of th...
Dubai cryptocurrency firm accused of trade mark infringement
Apr 11, 2018
It has emerged this week that Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, have filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against Alibabacoin Foundation, the Dubai cryptocurre...
Levi Strauss trademark litigation: it's all in the jeans
Apr 10, 2018
Levi Strauss has brought proceedings against French fashion house Kenzo for trademark infringement in the US. The allegation is that Kenzo is infringing upon the famous "tab device...
Match shows no love to Bumble in recent lawsuit
Mar 20, 2018
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 ...
Fowl play in Nando's trademark dispute
Mar 16, 2018
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...
'Deisel' by Diesel
Feb 19, 2018
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...
Louboutin's sole issue
Feb 7, 2018
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. Christi...
Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.
Feb 6, 2018
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 t...
Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name
Feb 2, 2018
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...
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