Category Archives: trademark dispute

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 […]

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 […]

Product Creation and Brand Protection: The Pitfalls of Duffins

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Spurred on by the popularity of cookery programmes such as The Great British Bakeoff, bakers have reportedly been expanding their product lines to include hybrid bakery products such as ‘duffins’ (doughnut fried muffins), ‘cronuts’, (donut fried croissants) and ‘townies’ (a combination of tart and brownie).  This flurry in product creation has turned out to be […]

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 […]

Hasbro Trade Mark Infringement Claim Stops Launch

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Alleged infringement of the TRANSFORMERS trade mark recently sparked a dispute between the leading computer technology company Asus and Hasbro, a multinational games business. Hasbro is the maker of a line of toy alien robots named Transformers, able to disguise themselves as automobiles. The Transformers universe features two warring factions of these robots: the Autobots […]

Twitter goes for TWEET!

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We have written previously on this topic about Twitter’s bid to protect its trade mark and brand.  As Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said in a blog post in 2009, “We have applied to trademark TWEET because it is clearly attached to Twitter from a brand perspective but we have no intention of “going after” the […]

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 […]