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Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition
May 21, 2018
Jessica Alba's ethical household products business, The Honest Company, has failed to prevent the registration of the mark "Honestly Hope" by the cosmetics brand of the same name. ...
Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute
May 18, 2018
Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen delivered a contradictory verdict for Adidas in their case against Sketchers at the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division....
Burberry Target 'check' trademarks
May 11, 2018
Burberry has filed a claim against US retail giant Target for infringement of its famous 'check' trademarks. Although the claim was only filed last week, the dispute dates back to...
Dre v Drai US trade mark battle is over
May 9, 2018
In 2015 Dr Draion M Burch sought to trademark the name "Dr Drai" for use in his business selling audio books and seminars on gynaecology. Distinguished rapper, entrepreneur and mus...
You Can't Do That: says judge in Beatles trade mark dispute
May 8, 2018
Apple Corps (a music company founded to look after the interests of the Beatles and no relation of Apple Inc,) has won a permanent injunction against counterfeiters who were profit...
Indonesia publishes its first Madrid Protocol trademarks
May 4, 2018
The Madrid Protocol is a system of trade marking that allows a single application to be made designating multiple signatory countries ("an International Registration"). It is a way...
Jack Daniel's Take A Shot Against Whiskey Producers For Trademark Infringement
May 2, 2018
The makers of Jack Daniel's, the top-selling Tennessee whiskey, have become disgruntled over a look alike product that has hit shelves in the US. The whisky in question, entitled L...
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...
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