Category Archives: Famous Trademarks

Twitter denied its Trademark

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The expression to tweet, is now commonly associated with micro blogging messages posted on the popular social media site. Although some have been slower than others to recognise its entry into our vernacular, the standards editor for the New York Times famously banned the use of the word tweet save for special effect, and the […]

Apple sues Amazon over App Store

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Apple has accused Amazon.com of trademark infringement for using the term ‘App Store’ for their mobile software download service.  In their complaint filed on March 18, they ask the Federal court in California to prevent Amazon from using the term ‘App Store’ and to pay damages. This suit follows one we discussed on this blog […]

An Innocent Breach of Trademark

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Innocent Drinks, the UK market leader in smoothie products, has recently taken issue with a trademark application made by Dawn Reid and her Sussex based company Innocent Vitamins. The latter applied, in February 2011, to register the mark “innocent vitamins all goodness. no badness” for her food supplement products, a move which Innocent Drinks views […]

Barbie and Bratz – The Story Continues

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MGA Entertainers Inc. and Mattel Inc, the creators of the Barbie and Bratz dolls are set to restart their court battle which occurred initially back in 2004, when MGA first brought out their new Bratz dolls. Since the introduction of the Bratz dolls in 2001, MGA managed to sell $3.3 billion dolls and related products, […]

Lindt’s chocolate rabbit registrable as a trade mark?

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The chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli AG (“Lindt”) has distributed chocolate Easter rabbits wrapped in gold foil and wearing a red ribbon around their necks and a small bell for many years. In order to protect the shape of this rabbit the Swiss manufacturer of premium chocolate filed for 4 applications to register three-dimensional signs […]

Beware of using heritage and famous names for your trade mark

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It is a matter of common knowledge that trade marks are not only important to identify the origin of goods and services but also as a lifestyle statement of the consumers. Consequently, the selection of a trade mark name has a huge impact on the success of the product which it names. In order to […]