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BALR – counterfeit and supplier

Three Dutch professional football players launch the fashion trademark BALR in 2013. The black and white T-shirts with the print BALR have become popular and well-known. Especially when Angel di Maria, a famous football player, is spotted in a BALR t-shirt. The trademark is registered in 2015 for a wide range of products. In February, BALR is tipped off about the possible sale of counterfeit products. » trademarks

Thailand joins the Madrid treaty

WIPO’S International trademark registration offers the possibility of affordable trademark protection abroad. Almost a hundred countries have joined already. The latest newcomer is Thailand. » trademark-registration

Vlogging – free botox treatment - Dutch Social Media Code

Mascha Feoktistova is a well-known vlogger (her Beautygloss vlog has over half a million followers). She publishes a video about her Botox treatment on YouTube. Firstly claiming that she wants to treat herself to a present, but at the end of the video stating the following: “Jani, of all people, if I would do it, I would do it with you, he is simply the best, is very professional…in the end I got the treatment for free, very sweet but it was agreed upon beforehand” . » social-media

Cancellation TESTAROSSA – well know trademark

In many countries trademarks have to be used within 5 years, if not, third parties can initiate a cancellation procedure. Could this rule be used, to obtain a well-known trademark which is not being used anymore? This question was recently brought before the German Court. » trademarks

Infringement Scotch & Soda down jacket – copyrights or EU design rights

Scotch & Soda sells down jackets since 2012. When Esprit launches a similar jacket in 2015, Scotch protests, claiming its copyrights (No European design was timely filed). Esprit stops the sale in the Netherlands and is willing to pay for the damages, but not for the whole European Union. » copyright


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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