Author: Trademark Ninja

A Hero in A Half Shirt, Popcorn, Crunch Bars and 50 Shades of Grey – Today’s Interesting IP

Friday’s helping of Interesting IP is now…..served. 10 Million Shades (of 50 Shades) – Popcorn Time in more trouble – I posted about this earlier in the week, but now there’s more movement in Norway – Nestle Crunch v. Fitcrunch – Nestle are suing a celebrity chef behind a fitness bar called ‘Fitcrunch’ saying that it infringes their Trade Mark in thei Crunch bars – More info here (registration required) Hero in a Half Shirt? – Rapper ‘The Game’ accused of Copyright Infringement – Webmarking for Registered Designs – Fake Golman Sachs – More on Monday, have a great...

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Trade Marks in China (insert some sort of Chinese Takeaway pun here) 

This is a really interesting (well, I think so anyway) look at the issue of how you go about protecting your English Language Trade Mark….in China. Likely only of real relevance to the big boys and global players, but still! Some Chinese equivalents for English trademarks are protected in China, while others are not. Jason Wang and Yan Zhang from Beijing East IP Law Firm summarize a few key cases and explain the reasons behind the rulings.When foreign brands enter into the China market they are generally translated into Chinese, either for use by the brand owners, or by Chinese media and Chinese public. According to authorities including the China Supreme Court, some Chinese equivalents for its English trademarks are protected, such as GOOGLE, CANON, LAND ROVER, HARLEY (of Harley-Davidson), MICHELIN, PORTS INTERNATIONAL, GIOGRIO ARMANI, SOTHEBY’S, RITZ CARLTON, and FREDDIE MAC. Others are not protected, such as VIAGRA, SONY ERICSSON, DELL, MICHAEL JORDAN, and RANDOM HOUSE. And still others are protected in one case while not protected in another…. Full Article Here : Protection Of The Chinese Equivalent For Its English Trademark – Intellectual Property –...

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TJ Maxx (Not a typo), Adidas and Live Streaming Apps – Today’s Interesting IP

Hey All I’m going out for lunch today. Just thought you might like to know. I probably wont have a chicken sandwich though. Here’s today’s Interesting IP: Adidas sue Forever 21 for Trade Mark Infringement – TJ Maxx (Not a typo), retailers and copyright infringement – Those crazy Finns with their Finnish and their double meanings – Software Patents – A thorny issue, like a thorn I guess, but without the pretty flower part – The Problem with Live Streaming Apps – Sofaworks – How much is Genuine Use is enough Genuine Use – Also, according to the internet, the Patents Office just updated their entry in the Golden Pages (yes, that’s still a thing) – Here’s the entry, in case you’re wondering – More tomorrow at lunchtime...

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