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Facebook v. Shagbook

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Facebook has recently filed a lawsuit against Shagbook, an adult dating site. It explains that Facebook’s image would be damaged by any registration for the mark Shagbook. Shagbook is a site which allows consenting adults to make location- based searches ‘to hook up with local singles for no strings attached adult dating’.  Shagbook is not […]

Microsoft En-Trench-ed In Trade Mark Tussle

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Trenched, a video game developed by Double Fine and produced by Microsoft, has had its European release date set back, potentially indefinitely, following a dispute over the name. The European Community Trademark TRENCH, filed in 2009 by the board game designer Rui Alipio Monteiro, is registered against both board games and computer games. The designer […]

ELIO FIORUCCI – Owning own name?

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In our earlier blog piece Fashion Industry. Fiorucci. Use of own name we wrote about Mr Fiorucci, a fashion designer who had achieved certain renown in Italy during the 1970s.  This is an update on the progress of that case, which has made its way from OHIM, through the Board of Appeal, to the General […]

Trade names or business names as trademarks

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Quinn & Donnelly is one of Ireland’s well-known and most successful fashion design partnerships which was founded more than 30 years ago when the pair were fashion students. Their collections, which are generally affordable, and primarily aimed at working women, have been sold for more than 15 years by retailers including Brown Thomas and House of Fraser. Recently, they […]

Apple under fire again – this time over iBook

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Apple’s ongoing trademark battles seem set to continue, with a new suit filed in connection with their iBooks service hot on the heels of a dispute with iCloud Communications (reported online last week). This time Apple is being sued by a New York book publisher, John T Colby for trademark infringement of the name ‘iBooks’. […]

Is a Trademark necessary for your business?

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Effectively protecting your intellectual property rights (“IPRs”) is one of the most vital decisions a start-up business can make.  Unfortunately however, taking the appropriate steps to legally protect the brand and goodwill of a business is all too often the last thing on the mind of eager entrepreneurs.  Even experienced business persons are prone to […]

Sony Ericsson withdraws from dispute with Clearwire

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There has been a new update on the Sony Ericsson trade mark dispute with Clearwire. In our previous blog we wrote about how Sony Ericsson sued Clearwire over the latter’s use of a similar green logo. Sony was concerned that Clearwire’s green swirl logo was getting closer to theirs. This came to a head when […]

Country Names and Trade Marks

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Is it possible to register a country name as a trade mark? For example, would you be able to register a country name  like JAMAICA as a trade mark? Does it make any difference which goods or services you provide? What if you wanted to register JAMAICA for jerk chicken spicy sauce or rum beverages? […]

Ann Summers & Marks & Spencers

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When Ann Summers parodied Marks and Spencer’s well known successful meal deal campaign Marks and Spenser threatened to sue M&S’s Meal Deal offered a main meal, a side dish and desert for £10. In Ann Summer’s campaign they offer a ‘Squeal deal’, which includes lingerie as the ‘Main’, a sex toy as a ‘side’ and […]

Apple sues Samsung for copyright infringement

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Apple is suing Samsung for allegedly copying its iPhone and iPad devices in its products, specifically Samsung’s Galaxy range. The lawsuit was filed last Friday, April 15, and claims Samsung has infringed Apple’s copyright and patents. Apple consider that Samsung has copied the ‘look and feel’ of both its iPad and iPhone. Samsung fight back […]