Category Archives: trademark dispute

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’. […]

Trademark Infringement and Apple – a familiar story?

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It’s been widely reported that Apple is being sued by iCloud Communications, an Arizona based company, following its announcement about the launch Apple iCloud Services. iCloud Communications’ lawsuit states that Apple is infringing its trademarked name iCloud. Apple has been involved in numerous lawsuits to do with copyright and trademark infringement within the last few […]

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 […]

Louboutin’s trademark – Red Soles

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The Paris based designer, Christian Louboutin sued Yves Saint Laurent last week for using their trademarked red soles on its shoes. The purpose of the red sole in Christian Louboutin’s design is branding – to help distinguish their shoes from those of other designers. The designer claims that Yves Saint Laurent’s use of the red […]

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 […]

Fashion Industry. FIORUCCI. USE of own name

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Nowadays the global fashion industry is a crucial sector of the economy with British fashion contributing almost £21bn to the UK economy. Despite the fact that intellectual property is not generally enforced as it is within the film and music industries, trademarks have a significant role in the fashion industry. Trademarks designate the origin of […]