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MEXX a boy’s name?

In 2017, Mexx International acquired all IP rights of the former lifestyle brand Mexx. In doing so it became owner of the many MEXX trademarks for clothing and bed linen. The mark had been sublicensed for bedding until 2015.Globa Sleep has taken over the estate and assets from the bankrupt Mexx Bedding. Globa Sleep offers box spring and mattresses through Facebook and LinkedIn pages of the former company and the website <mexxbedding.nl>. After a summoning of Mexx International to stop this use, Globa Sleep states it will change the trade name and domain. But after a few months there is still plenty to be found online, so a lawsuit is quick to follow. » trademarks

Bayern Munich settles the score

As opposed to the match in the Champions League, Bayern Munich did end up on top in the competition for its logo this year. In 2002, the FC BAYERN MUNCHEN logo was registered in black and white in the EU as a device mark for almost all goods and services. A smart move, because that way the logo can be turned for profit. Many of the club’s sponsors (including a beer brewer) bring products to the market with the logo ride along on the popularity of the team. The logo consists of the name with the pattern of the Bavarian flag in the middle. When another Bavarian brewery comes up with a similar logo, the football club objects » trademarks

Puma & cat like predators

Well-known trademarks enjoy extensive protection. This is actually necessary to prevent other companies from free-riding on the coat-tails of their success. Many free-rider companies think they can get away with this by using a similar logo, but with a different brand name. However, that doesn’t stick. » trademarks

Not every Tulip belongs to Ilja Gort

This summer Ilja Gort, a well-known Dutch writer, musician and wine maker, made his way into court again. This time, the question was whether the brand “Dutch Tulip Vodka” is an infringement of the trademark rights of Mr Gort’s “La Tulipe” wines. Parties had not been able to reach a settlement, neither outside the court nor in chambers, so in the end the court has to decide this case. » trademarks

JOHN IS ON – ON LEMON persistence

To prevent third parties from using the name and heritage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono has registered the name as a trademark. The word mark JOHN LENNON is registered for a wide range of goods and services, including soft drinks. When soft drinks are offered using the name JOHN LEMON, advertised depicting, inter alia, the iconic glasses of John Lennon, she objects successfully. The parties reach a settlement. The soft drink is renamed, holding sufficient distance from the name John Lennon. » trademarks
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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?
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