UPDATE: IHOP sues IHOP over IHOP trade mark infringement

In sad news for pancake-lovers everywhere, the famed American restaurant chain International House of Pancakes have dropped their trade mark infringement action against the International House of Prayer over its use of the IHOP acronym, agreeing to resolve the dispute out of court (see our previous post here).

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Subjects: Trade marks

UPDATE: eBay prevails in Tiffany counterfeiting suit

In April we commented on Tiffany’s loss in the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals over its claims of direct and contributory trade mark infringement, trade mark dilution and false advertising against eBay for sales of counterfeit Tiffany products on the eBay website.  To view the history of proceedings in this case, you can read our previous post here.

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Subjects: Trade marks

Gang warfare just isn’t what it used to be…

The Hells Angels motorcycle gang, sorry, make that “non-profit mutual benefit corporation” (according to their complaint), also names Saks (the operator of high-end department store Saks Fifth Avenue in New York) and Zappos.com (an online retailer owned by Amazon) as defendants.  Hells Angels claims all three parties illegally manufacture, source, market and/or sell jewellery, apparel and accessories that infringe and dilute their trade marks.

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Subjects: Trade marks

The SKYpe’s the limit

A long-running battle between Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB and internet telecommunications company Skype was revealed earlier this month after Skype filed documents for an initial public offering (IPO).  The IPO statement revealed that Skype has defended numerous BSkyB legal challenges over the use of the word 'Sky' in its brand name and logo in various jurisdictions since 2005.

The competing trade marks are here:

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Can the MasterChef avoid the bitter taste of victory?

 When Julie took home the MasterChef crown after defeating Poh in a spectacular display of high quality cooking and unique plating, one of the prizes, along with a spot in the Reality TV Hall of Fame (with Ben, Guy, Rob and Jack) and $100,000, was her own cookbook publishing deal. She plans to put her own home-style Aussie recipes in her cookbook, as well as open up her own restaurant serving the food she loves.

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Subjects: Copyright