News about trademarks
Trademarks, whether they are strong, beautiful or special, play an important role in our daily lives. All brands have their own story, their own context within which they develop. Investing in the value of a trademark is an important part of a business’s strategy since the value of a trademark or trademarks to a great extent determines the profitability of the organisation and thus its value. With practical situations as a focus, this section sets out all relevant and interesting developments in the field of trademark law.
Domain names seized for counterfeiting-related offences
The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), along with authorities in eight other countries, seized hundreds of domain names this week for allegedly selling counterfeit goods online to unsuspecting consumers. A total of 590 domain names were targeted as part of the ‘Transatlantic 3’ project, which took place on 3 December to coincide with ‘Cyber Monday’, the biggest..
The first of the new top-level domains have arrived
Last spring, we told you about the introduction of hundreds of new internet extensions (generic Top-Level Domain Names or ‘gTLDs’) that were expected to launch in the near future. A lot has happened since then and, towards the end of last month, the first new gTLDs (including .bike, .clothing and .ventures) were launched, marking the beginning of the biggest change to the internet since its..
MONOPOLY vs. GALATOPOLY
In the UK, Olusegun Victor Ibitoye applied to register the word mark GALATOPOLY for games and related products. Hasbro Inc opposed this application, basing the opposition on the earlier trademark MONOPOLY. Hearing Officer David Landau finally decided in favour of the MONOPOLY-trademark, stating that MONOPOLY has a very substantial reputation for board games and related products and that there..
Trademark law in Myanmar
The Myanmar government is aiming to introduce Intellectual Property laws next year. At the moment, Myanmar does not have any kind of legislation with regards to Intellectual Property.
The iPhone trademark in Brazil; the story continues
In February 2013, the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office, INPI, ruled that Apple did not own the exclusive rights to ‘iPhone’ in Brazil. A different company, IGB Electronica SA, had registered the trademark long before Apple did, namely in 2000, seven years before Apple applied for the registration of the trademark. Apple stated that IGB Electronica SA had not actually used the trademark..
Starbucks Coffee or Starbung Coffee?
Starbucks, the well-known American coffee company, has a well-known logo. Of course the name and the logo are worldwide protected trademarks. Copying a cup-of-coffee can be lucrative, but can also lead to coffee time in jail.
Pippi Longstocking: trademark in Norway
In September 2013, PIPPI LANGSTØMPE (PIPPI LONGSTOCKING) was registered as a trademark in Norway. Even though refused in first instance, after appeal the trademark was allowed to be registered.
Migros v. Mondaine Watch Ltd: Let’s set our clocks
In recent years, Migros – a major player in the retail of consumer goods in Switzerland – has been involved in a high profile IP dispute with a former partner: Mondaine Watch Ltd, a Zurich-based manufacturer of Swiss-made watches that was established in 1951. Novagraaf Switzerland's Chantal Koller outlines the latest developments in the case.
UK launches new police unit charged with targeting IP crime
The City of London Police and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) announced last month the establishment of a 19-strong police unit focused on IP crime online. Operational since mid-September, the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) will be working with a wide range of national and international partners from public authorities and private industry to build a comprehensive..
Panda trademark to increase revenue
Looking to cash in on the overwhelming popularity of Taipei Zoo’s newborn panda, Taipei’s City Government has announced plans to register the cub’s name as a trademark. It intends to use the trademark for commercial merchandising and other future business arrangements.