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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 05, 2021 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In February 2020, New York-based fashion brand Thom Browne filed three trade mark applications registering intent to use a striped design on footwear.
    In February 2020, New York-based fashion brand Thom Browne filed three trade mark applications registering intent to use a striped design on footwear. Since, it has met opposition from renowned brands Adidas and Tommy Hilfiger. The design in question, although consisting of ‘five parallel stripes, with the centre stripe in white, the left adjacent stripe in red, the right adjacent stripe in blue, and with the two outermost stripes in white, with the two outermost stripes being narrower [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 05, 2021 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Ghost Drinks Ltd, a Cambridge-based company producing hand-crafted premium vodka, found themselves the subject of a lawsuit against Svensk Drama Pop (SDP)
    At the start of 2020, Ghost Drinks Ltd, a Cambridge-based company producing hand-crafted premium vodka, found themselves the subject of a lawsuit against Svensk Drama Pop (SDP), a company owned by Swedish occult rock band GHOST’s front man Tobias Forge. Ghost Drinks first announced the conflict in May 2020 via a Facebook post, contending that Forge has been aware of the vodka brand since 2016 after approaching them to consider a collaboration. Ghost Drinks claimed they decided not to [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 04, 2021 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Beauty brand glossier granted pink packaging trade mark
    A year and a half after New York-based beauty brand, Glossier, applied to register it’s ‘millennial pink’ product packaging, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 15 th  granted them registration for ‘the colour pink as applied to the inner surface of portions of boxes that contrast with the colour of the rest of the boxes’, where size and shape of the box constitutes no part of the mark. This aspect of contrast within the registration was [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on January 04, 2021 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Michael Jordan has failed to win full legal rights to use of his own name in China after filing 80 lawsuits against sports company Qiaodan Sports since 2012.
    Michael Jordan has failed to win full legal rights to use of his own name in China after filing 80 lawsuits against sports company Qiaodan Sports since 2012. However, Qiaodan, translating to ‘Jordan’, have been ordered to compensate the American basketball star $46,000 in emotional damages and $7,600 to cover legal expenses. This follows a ruling from the China’s Supreme Court in April 2020, overturning two verdicts from lower courts in favour of Qiaodan, ruling the sports [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 14, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    After nine years, Lionel Messi has won a trade mark battle allowing him to register his surname, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.
    After nine years, Lionel Messi has won a trade mark battle allowing him to register his surname, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. The footballer originally applied to register the trade mark ‘Messi’ as a sportswear brand in 2011, but was hindered following appeals from Spanish Cycling company, Massi, arguing that the names were too similar and would likely cause confusion. Massi was originally successful in challenging the registration of the trade mark as the [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 14, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In June of this year, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to Lady A, a nickname they claimed to be pre-established and used among fans since their formation in 2006.
    In June of this year, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to Lady A, a nickname they claimed to be pre-established and used among fans since their formation in 2006. Their key reasoning being due to the realisation of connotations linking the word ‘antebellum’ to the slave trade, vowing the name change to be their first step in a commitment to practice antiracism. However, what could be seen as a positive step for the band, was met with [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 11, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    In 2007, Australian fashion retailing company, Factor X, registered the trade mark ‘Black Friday’ for their ‘gothic’ clothing line, granting them ownership under two classes covering sale of clothing and other fashion accessories.
    In 2007, Australian fashion retailing company, Factor X, registered the trade mark ‘Black Friday’ for their ‘gothic’ clothing line, granting them ownership under two classes covering sale of clothing and other fashion accessories. Since their registration, the term ‘Black Friday’ has become associated with retail sales at the end of November. This association means that in some countries, such as Germany, the term is considered public domain and the trade [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 04, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Singer Katheryn Hudson is facing trade mark infringement claims by Australian fashion designer for selling clothing bearing her famous stage name, Katy Perry.
    Singer Katheryn Hudson is facing trade mark infringement claims by Australian fashion designer for selling clothing bearing her famous stage name, Katy Perry. The designer in question, Katie Jane Taylor, trade marked her maiden name Katie Perry in Australia in 2008 and first sought proceedings against Katy and merchandise company, Killer Queen LLC, in October 2019. The specific items Katie’s barrister, Richard Cobden, claimed were in scope of the breach included products such as [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 04, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    It has been revealed by a US district court judge that almost two years after the release of interactive episode, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, released 28th December 2018, Netflix has reached an undisclosed settlement with plaintiff Chooseco LLC.
    It has been revealed by a US district court judge that almost two years after the release of interactive episode, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, released 28 th December 2018, Netflix has reached an undisclosed settlement with plaintiff Chooseco LLC. Chooseco are the current owners of the trade mark ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’, having sold 265 million books branded under the name since it began using it in the 1980s. Subsequently, 20 th Century Fox have an exclusive options contract [...]
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  • Posted by TMR TMR on December 04, 2020 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Psychics Claire Stone and Alexandra Wenman are due to appear in the High Court following a dispute to the rights to teach ‘Archangel Alchemy’ courses.
    Psychics Claire Stone and Alexandra Wenman are due to appear in the High Court following a dispute to the rights to teach ‘Archangel Alchemy’ courses. Stone, of Merseyside, boasts a career as ‘psychic to the stars’, having appeared on television providing readings to celebrities including reality TV star Dani Dyer, as well as lending her skills to writing best-selling spiritual book ‘The Female Archangels’. In July, she began teaching online [...]
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