Tesla’s road rage with chicken shop owner
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by Ellen Peet
11h ago
Published In a recent case, the car giant Tesla Inc. successfully invalidated the mark TESLA CHICKEN & PIZZA. The registration, in the name of Amanj Ali, was registered on 11 August 2020 for food and drink services in Class 43. Ali initially opposed Tesla’s application for TESLA for Class 43 services based on this earlier trademark. However, Tesla countered by filing an invalidation action against the mark based on claims it had acquired a reputation in the UK, unregistered rights, and bad faith. Unregistered rights While Ali agreed that Tesla had a substantial reputation and goodwill f ..read more
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Thatchers v. Aldi: whose “cider” you on?
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by Ellen Peet
11h ago
Published Would you confuse the below cider drinks? This was considered in a recent claim brought by Thatchers regarding its Thatchers Cloudy Lemon Cider against Aldi regarding its Tauras Cloudy Cider Lemon in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. As explained below, Aldi successfully defended the claim. (Images taken from Thatchers Cider Company Limited v Aldi Stores Limited [2024] EWHC 88 (IPEC) of the Thatchers trademark (left) and Aldi’s alleged lookalike product (right))  Trademark infringement  Thatchers had a registered UK trademark (a device mark) for the ..read more
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Kat von D in copyright clash over a Miles Davis tattoo
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by Ellen Peet
1w ago
Published A Los Angeles jury has sided with tattoo artist Kat von D (Drachenberg) in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by photographer Jeffrey Sedlik.  The high-profile case centered around an image that the reality TV star inked onto a friend’s arm, based heavily on Sedlik’s photograph of Miles Davis. Now one of the most famous photographs of the late jazz musician, Sedlik’s shadowy portrait of Davis with his finger over his mouth “shushing” the viewer, was first published in JAZZIZ Magazine in 1989.  Sedlik, an artist’s rights advocate and intellectual property consultant ..read more
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UK Government prevails in trademark dispute against Windrush Foundation
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by Ellen Peet
1w ago
Published The Windrush Foundation (the ‘Applicant’), a charity that delivers projects to highlight African and Caribbean peoples’ contributions to the UK, recently filed trademark applications for WINDRUSH MONUMENT, WINDRUSH MEMORIAL, WINDRUSH75, WINDRUSH, and WINDRUSH DAY. The UK Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (the ‘Opponent’) opposed the applications.  The applications covered a range of educational, entertainment, cultural, and sporting activity services. All applications were opposed on the grounds that the trademarks are devoid of any distincti ..read more
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Cantor Colburn names new partners and counsel for 2024
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by Ellen Peet
1w ago
Published Cantor Colburn LLP is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been promoted within the Firm to partnership, effective January 1, 2024. The new partners are Asaf Batelman, Ali Caless, Nancy Kennedy, Sung Wook Kooh, Matteo Pedini, and Kimberly Vines, Ph.D. Mr Batelman, Mr Kooh, Mr Pedini, and Dr Vines are patent attorneys, and Ms Caless and Ms Kennedy are trademark and copyright attorneys. All have been part of the firm for several years, earning the respect of their colleagues and consistently delivering excellent service to clients throughout their tenure. Co-Managing Partner ..read more
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Mickey Mouse and the case of overlapping IP
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by Ellen Peet
2w ago
Published The January 1, 2024 expiration of the ‘Steamboat Willie’ copyright registration has received a significant amount of attention both in the media and in the legal community. Unfortunately, this attention has often been imprecise and exaggerated, which may lead to a great deal of confusion in the marketplace as individuals and small businesses try to take advantage of this presumed opportunity. In reality, the impact of this copyright expiration will likely be minimal, given Disney’s aggressive protection of its global ambassador Mickey Mouse, and the power of overlapping IP protect ..read more
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Reddie & Grose announce partner retirements
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by Ellen Peet
2w ago
Published LONDON, 6 February 2024 – The European intellectual property law firm Reddie & Grose announces the upcoming retirement of two of its longest-serving partners today.  Patrick Lloyd and Simon Goodman, who first joined the firm as trainees in 1987 and 1988 respectively, will retire on 31 March 2024 after over 30 years of exemplary leadership and dedication. Throughout their careers, Lloyd and Goodman have each proved instrumental in supporting Reddie & Grose’s growth while staying true to its fundamental values of excellence, client service, and commitment ..read more
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International Trademark Association premiers IP Judiciary of the Future Think Tank Video Series
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by Ellen Peet
3w ago
Published New York, New York—January 31, 2024—The International Trademark Association (INTA) has released the IP Judiciary of the Future Think Tank Video Series. The series features a select panel of judges from jurisdictions around the world. Their wide-ranging conversations, recorded in 25 video segments, cover today’s most pressing intellectual property (IP) issues and their impact on the judiciary. INTA facilitated these conversations and presents the video series on their behalf.   INTA engages with all stakeholders in the IP ecosystem, including the judiciary, which play ..read more
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KFC v. HFC: the secret herbs and spices in abbreviation trademarks
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by Ellen Peet
3w ago
Published Can a fast-food business register the trademark HFC for their fried chicken product without infringing on the famous KFC mark? In a win for Grill’d, the Australian Trade Marks Office has said yes, they can.  Grill’d is an Australian burger chain that markets itself as providing a healthier fast-food product than its competitors. ‘HFC’ stands for ‘Healthy Fried Chicken’ and was used by Grill’d to market its fried (but ‘healthier’) chicken products. KFC, which stands for ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’, is a fast-food chain of fried chicken products with an established international r ..read more
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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up for their IP rights?
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by Ellen Peet
3w ago
Published On December 15, 2023, Grammy Award-winning rapper Eminem filed a protective order opposing a request by ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ stars Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon to be deposed. This is only the latest development in a dispute that has spanned almost a year. The protective order comes following Eminem’s February 2023 Opposition to the reality stars’ trademark application for REASONABLY SHADY. Bryant and Dixon have used this name for their podcast since its launch in May 2021. Eminem has held the SHADY trademark registrations since July 10, 2001, for various goods ..read more
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