Category Archives: EU Trademark

Microsoft forced to rebrand following BskyB’s trademark triumph

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Microsoft has renamed its cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive following a trademark infringement dispute with BSkyB, as discussed previously on our Azrights blog. The broadcaster first issued a complaint to the EU’s trademark office in June 2011, insisting Microsoft’s use of the word “sky” infringed its copyright. Microsoft released SkyDrive, formerly known as Windows […]

Protecting the Shire: Fry and McKellen step in to save the Hobbit

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Some may see it as unwarranted bullying, while others say it is to be expected.  Either way, the publicity arising from recent allegations of IP infringement have certainly thrown The Hobbit pub in Southampton firmly into the limelight.  The Saul Zaentz Company, owners of rights to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings brands, among […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

EU Trade Marks

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A Community Trade Mark covers the whole European Union. If you do business in the EU, it is worth considering applying for a CTM as it is a cost effective solution providing protection in all 27 member states of the European Union. EU Trade Mark Search The process of registering a CTM is much the […]