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Bicycle basket is a European Union design, but has no copyright

In 2011 Basil Denton unveils the new rotan bicycle basket, with leather strips. Less than a year later the competition introduces a basket that looks suspiciously alike, the Java New Looks. This likeness is not be accident. A picture of the Basil Denton product served as its inspiration. The director did not want an exact copy, claiming: “We would like to change the baskets a little bit so that they are not exactly the same as Basil”. Basil demands that the baskets are removed from the market. » design-law

Free eBook IE-inbedrijf part 3 - design rights

In the summer part 3 of the eBook series IE- in bedrijf, which Theo-Willem coauthors, was launched. The series follows the life cycle of a company (from start to sale). The protection of design is the central theme of part 3. What is the importance of design? How to claim design rights and what are the advantages of a designrights (in comparison to copyrights and trademarks)? » other-general

Lamzac vs Kaisr the original inflatable lounge seat

In 2014, Marijn Oomen launches the inflatable life size lounge seat, the LAMZAC Hangout. One simply swings the lightweight bag and it fills itself with air and creates a life size lounge seat. The air remains in the seat by folding and rolling the opening. A lounge seat that can be placed in a minute. Ideally for relaxing, without having to worry about a hard or rocky ground. In order to be able to stand up against future products with the same overall impression, a European Union design is registered in 2015. » design-law

MOB bag a parody of Louis Vuitton - parody in trademark law

The court in New York has opened the door for parody in trademark law. My other Bag sells canvas bags with the test “My Other Bag” on the front and a drawing of a Louis Vuitton bag on the back side. The bag refers to the “my other car…” bumper stickers that were popular in the 70’s. Cars used to drive around with this sticker suggesting that the owner had another more luxurious car like a Mercedes. A joke that many Americans still remember today. Louis Vuitton does not appreciate the joke and files a lawsuit. » parody

Change European Trademarks - the new European Trademark Directive

The European Parliament has approved the new European Trademark Directive, which will come into force on March 23. There are some important changes. The registration fees will be paid per class, which would make applications in less than 3 classes more economical than they are now. The same goes for the renewal of European trademarks. » 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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