The Bulldog logo is registered as a trademark. Not only for the services of a so called “coffee shop” (a place where soft drugs are sold legally in the Netherlands), but also for accessories such as weed grinders. When Magic Leaf starts selling grinders with a very similar logo, Bulldog objects. Because the other party does not agree to hand over inventory and is not willing to sign a waiver, Bulldog starts such a ban procedure. It’s important, because this will prevent Magic Leaf from selling out stock before the actual lawsuit.
Court agrees that the Bulldog logo is a well-known trademark. The figurative marks are quite similar and the consumer will associate the offered goods with the popular shop. So the court grants the request for a direct prohibition plus a EUR 5,000 penalty per violation. Therefore one should not only file a wordmark, but consider filing their logo as well, at least if this is distinctive.trademark-registration