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Free-riding on World Championship Football

Can you free-ride on the wave of publicity surrounding the World Cup as a company? In principle you can, as long as this is not in conflict with any statutory regulations and no third party’s rights are infringed upon. But, taking into account the large financial interests, FIFA is doing everything possible to keep the goodwill of the World Cup exclusively for its sponsors. That is why FIFA has again registered a huge number of new trademarks (including RUSSIA 2018) and designs. Better not use these (nor variations on them) and do not offer tickets. » advertising-law

Colour trademark Red Bull invalid

Colours can be trademarks. For many, the colour combination of blue and silver, is sufficient to recognize the Red Bull energy drink. In order to protect this colour combination, Red Bull has filed two trademarks, consisting of a survey with the two colours, accompanied with a description. The question here is, if these filing are sufficiently clear to meet the legal requirements. » trademark-registration

EU trademarks and Brexit

This spring, a little more became clear about on the effects of Brexit on companies with an EU trademark / EU registered design. The European Commission has published a draft agreement on this subject. The key being that after the exit companies in England should automatically keep similar rights. Although this is only a draft, the expectation is that the final result will not be much different from this. » trademark-registration

Cheaper trademark protection in Indonesia via International Registration

An International trademark registration provides relatively cheap and easy protection abroad. Therefore, an increasing number of countries is joining the treaty, like Indonesia. The registration process is not only cheaper, but quicker as well. Maintenance of the rights is also cheaper. » trademark-registration

Grumpy Cat victorious in court

Presumably Crumpy Cat is the most famous cat in the world. The cat’s (real name Tardar Sauce) career was launched in 2012 when its picture was published on Reddit. The dwarfish face of this grumpy creature goes viral (the official FB-page has 8.7 million likes). The cat’s popularity soon motivates the owner, Tabetha Bundesen, to start the company Grumpy Cat Limited. The cat’s face and the name, Grumpy Cat, are claimed as trademarks in the US and several other countries for a diversity of products. » trademarks


MENTOS has been selling chewing gum under the name MENTOS PURE FRESH for several years. In order to protect her rights MENTOS has registered the following trademarks: the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH, the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH 3 and a figurative depiction of the word PURE. Defendant sells chewing gum under the trademark DENTYNE PURE and has registered its logo as a trademark. Infringement or not?
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