Trademark Infringement

Manuka honey trademark dispute escalates into sticky situation

Many food and drink producers take pride in the local heritage of their products. Whether it’s red wine produced in the Chianti region of Italy or single malt whisky produced in Islay, Scotland, the cultural identity of such products forms a large part of their overall appeal. One such item with distinctly antipodean roots is […]

Hachette UK acts up over ‘Five Go’ theatre comedy show

If you’ve stepped foot into a bookshop within the last year or so, chances are you’ve seen the ‘grown-up’ parodies of Enid Blyton’s well-known Famous Five series adorning the shelves. Ever since Hachette UK acquired the rights to the books through Enid Blyton Entertainment, titles such as Five on Brexit Island and Five Give Up […]

Just how easy is it to trademark a hand gesture?

If you’ve ever been to see a heavy metal concert, the chances are likely that at least once you have seen someone with their hand held aloft, their index and pinky fingers pointed upwards and their thumb perpendicular. It’s a common gesture that many people know as the ‘devil’s horns’, and is also the American […]

#Hashtag trademark applications rise 64% in just one year

It wasn’t too long ago that hashtags didn’t even exist, but since the birth of Twitter they’ve grown to become so much more than a tool to identify messages on a particular topic. They’ve become stand-alone marketing tools, used in adverts and advertising campaigns to strengthen brand engagement and recognition. This is reflected in new […]

Michael Jordan slam dunks China trademark case, despite changing laws

Just this month, the news came through that China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) had ruled the names of public figures would not be allowed on trademarks. According to the court, “public figures in fields such as politics, economics, culture, religion and ethnic affairs” would not be allowed to be included in trademarks due to the […]

The craft of choosing a trademark

The explosion of the craft beer market has drawn a lot of attention to the importance of choosing the right name. In the US there are more than 4,200 craft breweries and the number keeps growing. Across the pond in the UK the trend is similar with an estimated 1,700 craft breweries, which is an […]

Trademark lawsuit filings the height of fashion

The latest report by legal analytics firm, Lex Machina, has revealed that fashion brands rank high on a list of companies who are consistently monitoring unauthorised uses of their names and logos. The fashion press say that Lex Machina’s annual trademark litigation year in review report, which analysed the U.S. district court filings from January […]

信息时代监管品牌的六大策略

在当今全球化和数字化市场的背景下,商标侵权风险对品牌资产造成的损害之大前所未有。企业必须采取综合性全局策略,以便迅速监测所有渠道的侵权行为并及早采取适当措施保护商标。 在此白皮书中,Pryor Cashman LLP 的商标保护专家 Dyan Finguerra-DuCharme 从她自己的经历中引用相关案例,介绍了监测商标和采取积极措施扼制潜在侵权行为的重要性。她还分享了保护品牌的六种最佳做法,包括积极使用异议程序来阻止侵权商标进入市场。