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Trademark Law Roundup: 29 September 2017

In this week’s trademark roundup. Argentina raises registration costs. Unsurprisingly, trademark knowledge in Laos is somewhat lacking, according to a Xinhua report. SpaceX have registered a name for their planned satellite broadband network and finally we manage to get a Frank Zappa trademark dispute into the mix.


Title: Argentina trademark fees set to increase upwards of 50% as government attempts to curb inflation

Author: World Trademark Review

Date:  19 September 2017


Extract: Brand owners wishing to protect their trademark rights in Argentina should prepare for increased costs, as the country’s IP office recently implemented a two-stage set of fee rises. The changes, which will be fully implemented from October 1, sees some filing fees rise by over 50%.


Title: Trademark protection awareness, registration remain low in Laos

Author:  Xinhua

Date:  19 September 2017


Extract:  VIENTIANE, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) — The number of trademark registrations is lagging in Laos as many businesses lack understanding of their rights and fail to register to protect their intellectual property, according to the Intellectual Property (IP) Department under Ministry of Science and Technology on Monday.

Some 40,500 applications for trademark registration have been submitted to the department since 1991, with some 36,975 trademarks registered, Khanlasy Keobounphanh, director general of the department was quoted as saying by Lao state-run media Vientiane Times on Monday.


Title: Important legal change as of 1 October for holders of quality marks

Author:  Lexology

Date:  18 September 2017


Extract: On 23 March 2016, the European Union Trademark Regulation (EUTMR) entered into force, as part of the ‘Trademark Reform Package’. On 1 October 2017, the last of the reforms will come into effect. This includes the introduction of an EU Certification Mark which is of particular interest to holders of collective trademarks or those interested in (applying for) collective marks.


Title:  Perry Ellis International Sues Thom Browne Over … Penguins


Date:   15 September 2017


Extract:  This is not quite the march of the penguins – it is more like the battle. Perry Ellis International (“PEI”) is waging war against Thom Browne for its use of a “confusingly similar” penguin logo. According PEI’s suit, which was filed on Tuesday in an Illinois federal court, New York-based design darling Thom Browne is on the hook for trademark infringement for making prominent use of designs that allegedly look a while lot like the trademarks of its Original Penguin brand.

According to PEI, its Original Penguin brand – “a fashion mainstay for more than 60 years, [which] came to fame in the 1950’s, long before Ralph Lauren and similar producers of logo fashion apparel” – first used a penguin design “on or in connection with apparel at least as early as 1956.” The company asserts that it has used the logo contentiously ever since, and acquired an array of federal trademark registrations for it.


Title:  SpaceX’s worldwide satellite broadband network may have a name: Starlink

Author: Ars Technica

Date:  20 September 2017



SpaceX has filed trademark applications for the word “Starlink” to describe its planned satellite broadband network.

SpaceX filed applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on August 21 to have Starlink trademarked for “wireless broadband communication services,” “high-speed wireless Internet access,” and other services related to its upcoming satellite network.


Title: Dweezil Zappa Shares Trademark Battle Update & Will Not Participate In Frank Hologram Tour


Date:  25 September 2017


Extract:  Just days after the Zappa Family Trust (ZFT) announced a Frank Zappa hologram tour is in the works, guitarist Dweezil Zappa has shared a “big” and “huge” update about his legal battle with ZFT. Dweezil also confirmed he is “not interested in participating in anything with an artificial version of my Father on stage.”

The ZFT is run by Ahmet Zappa and Diva Zappa, two of late guitarist Frank Zappa’s four children, who took over operations of their father’s estate following the death of Frank’s wife Gail Zappa. Dweezil and Moon Zappa, Frank’s other two children, are stakeholders in ZFT with smaller shares than their siblings. The guitarist detailed the legal wranglings that led him to rename his band and tour multiple times last year. Dweezil also revealed he tried to settle with the ZFT to stop both sides from accumulating further legal bills.


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