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Liverpool FC (UK) Files Trademark Suit in Texas District Court Over Use of Crest

Just a poor excuse for us to feature a picture of Liverpool’s new wonder striker. Egyptian, Mohamed Salah. He just has to look at a ball and it ends up in the net! Watch him here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5taYwf0Pro   Affiliate Networks reports……… On Apr 10, 2018, Liverpool F.C. filed a complaint in a District Court for a Eastern … Read more

Neuroscience the future of trademark?

Sounds exciting doesn’t it?  We wish we could tell you more  but unfortunately  all we have is the google alert and a link to a World Trademark Review piece, which is, unfortunately , behind a paywall.   Groundbreaking paper suggests neuroscience could transform trademark strategies – both inside … World Trademark Review (blog) The paper, … Read more

Alibaba Not Happy With Alibaba(coin) Foundation Lawsuit In Play

If we remember rightly it always was  AliBaba and the den of 40 Thieves . When using the original AliBaba commerce site back in those dim distant naughties  the service always reminded us of that den. Now it looks as though the Jeff Bezos of China isn’t very happy with Dubai-based company, AlibabaCoin. Who, we’d suggest, might … Read more

JD Supra Publish “Significant Intellectual Property Trademark Decisions 2017”

They write, “2017 was a year filled with significant developments in case law for trademarks. The below rulings highlight some successes and obstacles faced by companies in the protection of their trademarks and their brand as a whole.Following is an overview of a few of the more significant decisions in 2017 that may impact the … Read more

Underground British Fashion Brand Takes Versace To Court Over Lion Logo

Good to see a good old fashioned fashion trademark tussle between the big and the small. Looking at the image it seems they have a point. The Fashion Law Blog Reports An emerging British brand is hauling Versace into court, alleging that the Italian design titan copied its lion logo. According to a trademark infringement … Read more

Trademark “Use”: Understanding “Actual Use”, “First-to-Use” and “First-to-File”

  Some of the most common questions we get at Cognate are centered around the concept of trademark “use.” Three foundational concepts related to trademark use are actual use, first-to-use, and first-to-file. Actual Use Essential to enforcement and protection of trademark rights is the concept of “actual use” (or “use”). Trademark use is achieved when a trademark is … Read more

It’s All About The Red Soles

This fashion trademark story has been running hot with the media for a week or so now. Designer, Christian Louboutin, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Van Haren, a Dutch company whose retail outlets were selling affordably priced high-heeled women’s shoes with red soles.   The New York Times reports that Lawyers for Mr. Louboutin claimed … Read more

Apple Corps Ltd (The Original One) Files Lawsuit Against Online Merch Sellers For Trademark Infringement

The complaint names 48 different online sites selling unauthorized merchandise reported Billboard magazine, Friday.  We wonder if Lorde’s companies will have the same problems in 2053, doubtful. Billboard reports that the The Beatles‘ companies Apple Corps Ltd. and Subafilms Ltd. filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a list of 48 internet dealers and aliases for promoting, … Read more

How Will California Accept Cannabis Trademark Applications?

The National Law Review gives a more detailed overview than most about California’s move to accept applications for cannabis-related trademarks.   With the New Year, the California Secretary of State announced that it is now accepting applications for cannabis-related trademarks.  This is welcome news for California cannabis businesses, which have struggled to obtain protection for … Read more

Trademark Roundup: 11 January 2018

Looks like we are now back in the swing of things. Here’s a few articles from the past week that may be of interest to those of you following developments in trademark. Title: The Importance of Trademarks When Choosing A Domain Name Author: Silicon Republic Date:  11 January 2018 URL: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/start-ups/trade-marks-online-branding-matheson Extract:  If you’re building an … Read more