Category Archive for: ‘Trade marks’

Too popular for its own good? McDonalds and the famous prefix “MAC”

In the recent decision of McD Asia Pacific LLC v Sheikhtaba Pty Ltd [2015] ATMO 112, McDonald’s found its famed “MAC” prefix was too popular for its own good, the Delegate of the Registrar of Trade Marks rejecting its opposition to registration of the logo mark MAK FOODS on grounds of deceptive similarity and established reputation.    (Image from Australian …

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Wrong side of the line – more absolute grounds rejections for stripe marks of K-Swiss Inc and Shoe Branding Europe BVBA

We’ve devoted a lot of time on IP Whiteboard to position marks, particularly in the fashion sector. Recently, a number of decisions have come down rejecting stripe marks, and it is worth briefly having a look at the arguments and the reasoning and contrasting them against some earlier decisions. The “skinny” is that there is a relatively consistent line (sorry) …

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EU trade mark reform – action to take now

There are some important upcoming changes to Community Trade Mark law and practice due to come into force on 23 March 2016. This is in addition to the change of the branding of the CTM itself: OHIM will change its name to the EU Trade Marks Office, and the CTM will become the EUTM. As ever, there will be benefits …

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Million Dollar Moggy: Grumpy Cat’s coffee copyright grind

What is your cat worth to you? If you answered “at least a few hundred thousand dollars in damages and the rights to a lucrative domain name”, you may be Tabatha Bundesen, owner of feline internet sensation Grumpy Cat. With this much potential money in the kitty, it was only a matter of time before Grumpy Cat got into a …

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MUSASHI v A-SASHI – healthy competition?

The appeal from the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in Christian v Société Des Produits Nestlé SA (No 2) [2015] FCAFC 153 concerning infringement of Nestlé’s MUSASHI marks raises interesting questions regarding the nature and scope of relief for trade mark infringement.

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5SOS, Hush Puppies, Cristal, CCs, Guru Denim and much much more – trade mark case law in Australia, New Zealand and the UK – 2015 highlights

Well, what a year it has been, with so much more in store for 2016. Here at IP Whiteboard we thought we would run a highlights reel of some key trade mark decisions reported on “arguably the world’s favourite IP blog” during 2015.

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Poor man’s CRISTAL, CRISTALINO, found to infringe – the distinct relevance of reputation in assessing the likelihood of confusion in the UK and Australia?

In a recent decision from Mrs Justice Rose, the famous champagne house Roederer has successfully sued J Garcia Carrion SA (JGC) for trade mark infringement. JGC’s use of CRISTALINO in respect of cava infringed Roederer’s registered mark CRISTAL. The outcome seems straightforward enough (though it is worth noting for completeness that the defendants were not represented at trial). The infringement …

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Could your Halloween costume land you in the middle of a legal nightmare?

The answer may scare you …

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Crocodile attacks in New Zealand – Lacoste death rolls Crocodile International again

New Zealand may have beaten France in the Rugby World Cup quarter finals, but one French sporting icon is winning a strategic branding war in New Zealand. For the third time in four years, the High Court of New Zealand has overturned the decision of the Assistant Commissioner of IPONZ and acknowledged the breadth of Lacoste’s trade mark rights in …

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