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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 16, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Car manufacturing giant Ford recently filed for the ‘Black Diamond’ trade mark application with the United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO).
    Car manufacturing giant Ford recently filed for the  ‘Black Diamond’ trade mark application with the United States Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO). The mark, filed under the goods and services of “Land motor vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles, pick-up trucks, sport utility vehicles”, has left ford fanatics speculating as to whether a new model is being released. Others however, suggest that the name could refer to a new colour for Ford’s vehicles. [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on October 14, 2019 / Posted in News
    Sutter Homes Winery claims trade mark infringement against Tri-Vin
    Sutter Home Wineries is one of the largest family-run independent wineries in the US. It became famous for its White Zinfandel wine that it released in 1972.   It has recently made a complaint to the US District Court with the Northern of California, alleging that a Tri-Vin Imports (a wholesaler and distributer of wine) has infringed its trade mark to sell a competitor’s wine.   The trade mark dispute centres around Sutter Home Winery’s trade mark ‘Napa [...]
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  • Posted by Ellis Sweetenham on October 08, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    Kim Kardashian West, who has many businesses under her name and initials, has taken action against a ‘KKW’ trade mark application filed in the US by a Chinese Company.
    Kim Kardashian West, who has many businesses under her name and initials, has taken action against a ‘KKW’ trade mark application filed in the US by a Chinese Company. The application in question was filed by Xiamen Luo feng Technology to cover goods and services including mobile phone cases, sunglasses and headphones. Kardashian has been trading under the name Kim Kardashian West and KKW since 2017 with her beauty brand. A formal opposition has been filed to the US Patent and [...]
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  • Posted by Sena Tokel on October 01, 2019 / Posted in Trade Marks
    As a general rule, it is advised that laudatory terms should be avoided when making a trade mark application.
    As a general rule, it is advised that laudatory terms should be avoided when making a trade mark application. A laudatory term is one that attributes to the quality or excellence of a product and/or service, for example, ‘the best pizza shop’ or ‘wonderful supermarket’. Marks that include words that give praise of commendation to the product or service are generally considered to be devoid of distinctive character and as such, are highly likely to be refused by a trade [...]
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  • Posted by Anna Orchard on October 01, 2019 / Posted in News
    Beyoncé attempts trade mark Blue Ivy Carter ‘s name, after stating her daughter is a "cultural icon"
    Beyoncé has to arguably be one of the most notable and celebrated star icons of the 21 st century. Her powerhouse vocals and her energetic moves have solidified her as an entertainer for the ages. However, her claim that her daughter Blue Ivy Carter is a ‘cultural icon’, calls to question whether a celebrity’s global presence is strong enough to make the name of a seven-year-old distinctive to be registered as a trade mark? An American regional wedding planning bears to [...]
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