Category Archives: trademark registration

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sarah Palin: Trademarks for celebrities

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Recently Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate for the Republicans in 2008, has moved to try to trademark her and her daughter’s name. Palin’s motivation Palin stated that the aim in trade marking her name was for motivational speaking. She views herself as being a brand due to her speeches, books, […]

“The King’s Speech” trade mark dispute settles by the parties

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The film “The King’s Speech” has been in the news not just in connection with its 12 Oscar nominations but also due to a trade mark dispute. The bone of contention concerns the use of the phrase “No animals were harmed” in the credits. The American Humane Association (AHA), the nation’s voice for the protection […]

When does a start up need to register a trademark?

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Every time you create a product, service, or business, you need a brand identity for it. Without doubt the most important element of most brands is the name. The law protects names through trade marks.  It is not possible to claim copyright in a name, even if the name is one you made up. Start ups […]

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 […]