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Champagne stops Champaws

Within trademark law we are familiar with the protection of Designations of Origin. These are terms that can only be used by companies if they meet certain strict conditions, for example, the ingredients should come from a certain area and the product is made in a certain way. This also applies to the term CHAMPAGNE. » trademarks

Klinsmann Panini: 2-1

When Jürgen Klinsmann seeks trademark protection of a silhouette image of his bicycle kick in the match against Bayern Munich for print, clothing and beverages, Panini objects. » trademarks

Influencers social media and well-known brands

Advertisers are keen on using influencers to promote their products on social media. Some vloggers’ reach is immense and they are ideal for pushing a product into the attention of the target group. Does this now also have trademark law consequences? » trademarks

Tony Chocolonely Sweet Solution campaign

Tony Chocolonely recently started a campaign in order to expose slavery and child labor in the world of cocoa. The goal is to end this sort of abuse. By offering chocolate bars in wraps very similar to the trade dress of competitors, these companies suddenly and unintentionally find themselves in the spotlight. The look and feel of the used packaging will immediately be recognized as Twix, Toblerone, Kitkat and Ferrero Rocher. Is this allowed? » trademarks

No logo HelloFresh

The trademark application for the HelloFresh logo has been opposed successfully by the Czech company Linea Nivnice. It argued that the HelloFresh logo is confusingly similar to its word mark and logo HELLO. The Board of Appeal agrees with the European trademark authorities. But how is that possible? Can a company just claim to own a general word like HELLO? » trademarks
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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?