Cognate's Trademark Blog

Meanwhile Over At Chanel They’re Suing An e-bay Seller for $56 Million For Trademark Infringement

Eseller cafe.com reports… What is unique about this complaint is that Chanel is not claiming that the eBay seller was selling fake products, but that the seller was selling products without original packaging. In its court filing, the cosmetics firm argues by not using original packaging, the seller created doubt with consumers “whether the product they … Read more

Rage Against The Farage

Another rock n roll  trademark cease and desist this week, this time Rage Against the Machine vs Nigel Farage chief Brexiteer and major money earner at the European parliament whose podcast ‘Nigel Farage Against the Machine’ has understandably annoyed the band. The New Musical Express in the UK reports.. The band sent the former politician … Read more

Article: Trademarking Colours

An interesting article in IP watchdog about the trademarking of colours..   Michael Bernet writes….Trademarks are defined by the Lanham Act as “any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof” that is used to “identify and distinguish” one’s goods or services from those of other sources.  While colors are not included within the … Read more

Cognate Founder Bennett Collen, Blockchain Task Force of The International Trademark Association Published in the INTA Bulletin

Great article published in the INTA Bulletin earlier this week about the Blockchain Task Force, of which Cognate Founder Bennett Collen is the coordinator, about dealing with emerging issues in this fast moving field. The New Emerging Issues Subcommittee comprising of the following individuals Bennett Collen, Cognate, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Phil Lodico, Brandsight, Inc., Saratoga … Read more

Let’s Hope He’s Already Done It Himself, Chinese companies rush to register ‘Mbappe’ trademark

The Global times reports that dozens of Chinese companies and individuals have applied to trademark the name of French soccer star Kylian Mbappe, aiming to capitalize on the young athlete’s fame after he led his team to victory in the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, but experts warned of potential legal troubles arising from … Read more

It’s All In The Stripe Say Helly Hanson

Norwegian sportswear brand Helly Hansen has filed a lawsuit against OFF-WHITE, alleging Virgil Abloh’s brand has infringed its trademark, The Fashion Law  blog reports. Highs Nobility blog reports… In its suit, Helly Hansen says OFF-WHITE has “adopted the infringing [trademark] with knowledge of, and the intent […] to create a false suggestion of an affiliation or connection between … Read more

When In Doubt Threaten A Penniless Band On The Other Side of The Planet With A $US2 Million Lawsuit

Very grubby tactics used by a US fast food chain and their San Diego Lawyers,Mintz Levin, on a small indie band in Wollongong Australia. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation report The four-piece band recently received a cease and desist letter from the lawyers of the US restaurant giant Ruby Tuesday, stating that they were taking legal … Read more

Event: The Trademark Law and Practice Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association

The Trademark Law and Practice Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) will host a half-day program entitled “Hot Topics in IP Law” on Tuesday, July 17th, from 12 noon to 5 PM at the Princeton Club of New York, 15 W 43rd Street, New York, New York 10036. Registration here. The … Read more

Bloomberg Outline All The Latest Ins & Outs At IP Firms At The Big End Of Town

If you like to follow this sort of thing here’s all the latest changes…. The following changes in personnel and other news recently have been announced by prominent intellectual property law firms and other IP-related organizations: • Stephen Kunin, the former deputy commissioner for patent examination policy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has joined Maier & … Read more

Top Crypto Lawyer Joins Forecast Foundation Board

Here’s the press release. Marco is President and Chief Legal Officer of Blockchain.info. Previously partner at Cooley LLC, he is also the Legal Ambassador for the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, and an advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He’s been called “The Dean of Digital Currency Lawyers” by the American Banker, and counseled on compliance with … Read more