Long Standing IP Conflicts and Lawsuits

Contributor:  Hitesh COCA-COLA TRADEMARK (Since 1887) Background: Cocacola is the third most valued brand after Apple and Google, based on the study of Interbrand’s “best global brand” study of 2015. After the creation of formula of new drink in 1886 an effective name was required for the drink. The words “coca cola” came …

Trademark Evolution: CocaCola, Pepsi, Mercedes, McDonalds, Ford & Shell

Trademark Evolution for CocaCola, Pepsi, Volkwagen, Mercedes, Benz, Ford, McDonalds, Chevrolet, Bacardi, Fiat, Peugeot, Shell and Renault Compiled by: Gaurav Gupta Sources:  www.boredpanda.com, www.gmdist.com, www.famouslogos.net, www.car-brand-names.com, www.designmodo.com, www.advisorabbate.wordpress.com, www.laurentlanglais.com, www.pinterest.com, …

China’s New trademark Law from May 1, 2014

China would enforce new trademark law on May 1, 2014 that would aim to streamline and modernize the process. Not only this, law also ensures minimization of counterfeiting and squatting by the perpetrators. The new law would bring changes in all the procedural aspects related to trademark like filing, examination, prosecution and enforcement of trademarks. …

Race of Trademark Holi among European Union Organisations

There is a surprising newer type of race among the various organizations of the European Union. This race is to trademark the Hindu festival Holi which is popularly known as the festival of color. Hindus have, however strongly opposed this idea. Rajan Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism and a renowned Hindu statesman, in Nevada, …

IPONZ Rejects 6 Label-Trademarks on Antibacterial Properties of Manuka Honey

Intellectual Property Office at New Zealand (IPONZ) rejected Henry Soo Lee’s application that attempted to trademark labels related to six anti-bacterial properties of Honey. The major reason stated for this rejection was that this could mislead consumers and had a strong opposition from UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) Honey association also. IPO also …

Piguet Accuses Tommy Hilfiger for Design Infringements in “Eton” Watch

It is very common in today’s time to notice trade dress infringement and law suits related to trademark between name brands. One such issue that caught media’s attention recently was the lawsuit by Audemars Piguet (a high end watch brand) against Tommy Hilfiger and Movado (licensing company of brand). According to the application that was filed …

Impact of IPR on the European Economy: Summary of OHIM’s Report

Brief summary of the report on “Intellectual property rights intensive industries:  contribution to economic performance and employment  in the European Union” published September 2013 by  Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). On 30th September European commission has published first ever European Union wide study on …

Apple to seek protection for “iWatch” after iPhone, iPod and iPad

The latest buzz in the industry is that apple is soon going to register “i-watch” as a trademark worldwide. Though it has not been revealed officially by the company but it is believed that, just like i-phone, i-pad,  now i-watch is also going to rule the electronics platform. An application has been filed by Apple with Taiwan’s intellectual …