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  • Posted by TMR TMR on October 19, 2020 / Posted in News
    Nintendo have just launched their first copyright strike against TikTok/ Twitch star ‘Pokeprincxss’'
    Nintendo have just launched their first copyright strike against TikTok/ Twitch star ‘Pokeprincxss’. With a following of 1.9 million people on TikTok and 50,000 on Twitch, the star has gathered a large social media presence. Her name however, provided Nintendo with reasoning to issue a cease and desist letter to LegalZoom, whom trade marked her username. The likely objection appears obvious as there is high resemblance between the TikTok star’s name and the Pokémon name. [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on October 19, 2020 / Posted in News
    Nike is suing LA Streetwear brand ‘Warren Lotas’ over high resemblance of their shoe design
    One of the most dominant shoe brands just filed a lawsuit for trade mark infringement against LA-based brand Warren Lotas. The suit was filed on Wednesday night and implies the potential infringement of their ‘Dunk sneakers’, as the streetwear company’s shoes bear a large resemblance. As per Nike’s claim, the brand insists that Warren Lotas’ shoe is “confusingly similar” to Nike’s world-famous swoosh logo.   Warren Lotas haven’t had [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on October 19, 2020 / Posted in News
    Whether you wish to expand your DIY skills or simply save some money, embroidering/ printing another brand’s logo onto an unrelated item of clothing could prove itself controversial in the world of IP
    Whether you wish to expand your DIY skills or simply save some money, embroidering/ printing another brand’s logo onto an unrelated item of clothing could prove itself controversial in the world of IP.   The underlying purpose of a trade mark is to provide the owner with exclusive rights of protection. However, there is also the less obvious purpose of protecting the consumer. So, if one were to sell an unbranded piece of clothing with a self- embroidered Nike logo for example, this [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on October 19, 2020 / Posted in News
    Rapper 21 Savage has recently come out with a claim that he ‘coined’ the phrase ‘Yessirskiii”
    Rapper 21 Savage has recently come out with a claim that he ‘coined’ the phrase ‘Yessirskiii”, which led him to address other artists on Twitter with the statement that he should receive “50 percent of every song” which makes use of his phrase. Although the rapper hasn’t made an official case of the matter, it raises a question as to whether he can trade mark the word he claims as his own.   The simple use of the term by other artists [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on October 05, 2020 / Posted in News
    Legal battle between independent clothes seller and Fashion Giants Hugo Boss explained.
    Over the course of lockdown, many budding entrepreneurs decided to follow their passions and run small businesses. What some may not have realised is the issues behind setting up a business and the presence of trade mark infringement.  This was seen in the recent battle between budding entrepreneur, John Charles, and fashion icons Hugo Boss.  Charles ran a small independent clothing line using his tag line: ‘Be Boss, Be Kind’.  The addition of the wording ‘Be [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on October 05, 2020 / Posted in News
    Goat Fashion Ltd is a London based fashion label which has just won their injunction request against U.S. based shoe retailer ‘GOAT Group’, to stop them from selling clothing (class 25)
    Goat Fashion Ltd is a London based fashion label which has just won their injunction request against U.S. based shoe retailer ‘GOAT Group’, to stop them from selling clothing (class 25). As per the court documents, Goat Group were prevented from selling any apparel which bears the Goat trade mark. The lawsuit for trade mark infringement and breach of contract was filed back in December of last year, with Goat Fashion claiming that they own exclusive rights to the mark, with reference [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on September 25, 2020 / Posted in News
    Last year, the Chinese Government granted a total of 41 trade marks to companies which hold strong links to Ivanka Trump, and those were reported to be granted 40% faster than the ones which she requested prior to Trump’s election win.
    Last year, the Chinese Government granted a total of 41 trade marks to companies which hold strong links to Ivanka Trump, and those were reported to be granted 40% faster than the ones which she requested prior to Trump’s election win. Further information also insists that after the President’s eldest daughter met with the minister of Japan, his country approved three separate trade marks, in relation to her business, in a third of the time as opposed to prior their meeting.   [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on September 25, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Amongst the uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses were sure to take a hit of the repercussions-trade marks may be the best option
    Amongst the uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, small businesses were sure to take a hit of the repercussions. In the third quarter of 2020, confidence is slowly rising, however what about all the businesses which are starting up now? Or the ones which wish to rebrand?  This short guide can help you assess the value of a trade mark for those circumstances.   Symbol of identity: - The name, logo, phrase or symbol which you chose to represent your business will be a huge [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on September 25, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has prevailed in a lengthy trade mark dispute to register his name.
    Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has prevailed in a lengthy trade mark dispute to register his name. The footballer first applied to trade mark his surname ‘Messi’ as a logo under sportswear and footwear equipment in 2011. The logo application which consisted of an emblem with the letter ‘M’ and the footballer’s name ‘Messi’ underneath, was soon opposed by Spanish cycling brand ‘Massi’, who argued that the footballer’s logo mark [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on September 15, 2020 / Posted in News
    Tech giant Apple are opposing the trade mark registration of food prep app Prepear’s logo, as they argue that their green pear logo “readily calls to mind” Apple’s iconic one.
    Tech giant Apple are opposing the trade mark registration of food prep app Prepear’s logo, as they argue that their green pear logo “readily calls to mind” Apple’s iconic one. Apple have further-argued that the allowance of Prepear’s trade mark application would make theirs much less distinctive and potentially cause consumer confusion, as per their filing with the USPTO. Prepear have since responded by claiming that the logos hold no resemblance at all. [...]
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