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Washington Redskins the story continues

For years people have been fighting against the name WASHINGTON REDSKINS. In 1993, the National Congress of American Indians stated that the club name is derogatory and racist to Native Americans. For that reason, a request to cancel various Redskins trademarks was granted in 2014. However, the club's owner, Dan Snyder, was unwilling to even consider changing the name. » trademark-registration

Milka misses the mark – Ritter Sport chocolate bars valid shapemark

Shapemarks are not uncommon in the chocolate industry. Think of Toblerone's triangular shape, Tony Chocolonely's unevenly spaced blocks and last but not least the famous KitKat bar. Ritter Sport has been making square chocolate-bars since 1932: a small square piece of chocolate that fits perfectly into a sports jacket without breaking. The product has long been successful and to prevent imitation, the company had the shape of the packaging registered as a trademark in 1993. » trademark-registration

Update on Brexit - Part 4

Although it seems talks are still continuing between EU and the British government, it looks like we should seriously consider the possibility of a hard Brexit as per January 1st 2021.This overview is intended to guide our international colleagues (outside of the EU) on the key things to consider when it comes to managing a trademark porfolio and trademerk related disputes if there is indeed No Deal. » trademark-registration

The importance of logos in fashion - FAKE DUCK vs SAFE THE DUCK

Logos are very important in fashion. Consumers usually have the first glance at clothing hanging or lying in the store shelves and they recognize the brand immediately by the neck logo. So the question is how important that logo is when determining whether a brand is similar? » trademark-registration

Vegan Butcher – the importance of filing a logo

Many companies use (semi) descriptive brand names. The advantage being that the brand name immediately clarifies what product/service is offered. The disadvantage is that such brand names are often not acceptable as a trademark. Why then can it be important to have the brand name registered with a logo? » trademark-registration
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PURE - MENTOS

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?