Category Archives: Famous Trademarks

Trademark protection of pantone 2685c not wrapped up by Cadbury

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Securing trademark protection for colours is notoriously difficult, as demonstrated by the recent Court of Appeal ruling in the litigation between Cadbury and Nestlé, concerning the trademark registration of pantone 2685c. Nestlé v. Cadbury In 1914, as a tribute to Queen Victoria, whose favourite colour was purple, Cadbury started to use the shade of purple known as […]

UGG Trademark Disputes

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Trademarks are territorial, which means you register them country by country wherever you do business. Although this is can be expensive, and it may be tempting when starting out, to think it’s easy enough, in theory, to trade in other countries under a different brand, UGG is an example of what can happen when a trademark is not […]

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 […]

Painkillers and Product Recall

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The makers of Nurofen plus recently had to recall all remaining stock of the product, after it was discovered that some packs, in particular those in branches of Boots in Victoria, Beckenham and Bromley, contained the antipsychotic drug Seroquel. At first, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) put out a safety alert to […]

Bands and Brands: (Some of) The original cast of Bucks Fizz strike out

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Recently, Robert Gubby (aka Bobby G) succeeded both in an opposition brought against his former band members in connection with their application to register the trade mark mark THE ORIGINAL BUCKS FIZZ, and in defending an action for revocation of the mark BUCKS FIZZ, owned by his wife Heidi Manton.  The case report is available […]

Bacardi wins ‘Havana Club’ name battle

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A couple of weeks ago, Bacardi won a dispute against Pernod Ricard over the use of the brand name ‘Havana Club’ in the US Court of Appeals. The court ruled in favour of Bacardi, allowing the company to package and market its Havana Club rum in the US. This ruling follows an ongoing battle with […]

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 […]

GOOGLE PLUS – Brand Naming Strategy

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Google’s launch of its social networking site, Google Plus, has caused a lot of attention and speculation in the media.  However, it is not just the site itself that has provoked discussion, but its name too. Google’s decision to create its social media site under the Google brand has been criticized and praised in equal […]

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 […]