Author: Trademark Ninja

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 – http://blogs.findlaw.com/free_enterprise/2015/08/adidas-sues-forever-21-over-three-stripe-mark.html TJ Maxx (Not a typo), retailers and copyright infringement – http://www.retaildive.com/news/the-rise-of-copyright-infringement-lawsuitsand-what-retailers-can-do-about/404336/ Those crazy Finns with their Finnish and their double meanings – http://www.marques.org/class46/default.asp?D_A=20150826 Software Patents – A thorny issue, like a thorn I guess, but without the pretty flower part – http://www.mondaq.com/x/422988/Patent/The+Murky+Waters+Of+Software+Patents The Problem with Live Streaming Apps – http://www.mondaq.com/x/423100/Copyright/LiveStreaming+Apps+and+Sporting+Events+Copyright+Law+Concerns Sofaworks – How much is Genuine Use is enough Genuine Use – http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/08/26/genuine-use-how-much-use-is-genuine-use-in-the-european-union/id=61007/ 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 – http://www.goldenpages.ie/department-of-jobs-enterprise-and-innovation-intellectual-property-kilkenny/3/ More tomorrow at lunchtime...

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Chicken Sandwiches, Snoop Dogg & A Vodka – Today’s Interesting IP

“What time is it?” I shout like some unruly gameshow host! “It’s Interesting IP O’Clock” you cry in return, enthusiastic IP audience that you are….Or Not. Either way, here’s today’s Interesting IP You can’t copyright a sandwich. Shame – http://fortune.com/2015/08/25/copyright-chicken-sandwich-pechu/ Snoop Doggy Doggy Sue Doggy Dog (as in, Snoop is bring sued) – https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2015/08/18/3-count-all-rap-edition/ and http://www.entlawdigest.com/2015/08/18/3951.htm Can I get a Vokda and Court Case Please?  http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/422680/Trademark/Stolichnaya+A+Tale+of+Two+Owners Popcorn Time – https://torrentfreak.com/75000-popcorn-time-users-in-crosshairs-of-anti-piracy-group-150825/ The Minister is going to ‘look into’ the Data Protection issues raise by new Irish Citizens. How nice of her – http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/minister-to-look-into-data-concerns-of-new-irish-citizens-1.2328655 An interesting and practical approach to protecting IP from Mindchamps – http://www.straitstimes.com/business/trading-on-its-mark-of-distinction And end to Geo Blocking? Shall I cancel my Tunnel Bear account? – http://www.out-law.com/en/articles/2015/august/eu-policy-makers-take-first-step-towards-addressing-geo-blocking-concerns/ Copying yourself? – https://www.opendemocracy.net/j-p-e-harperscott/art-of-plagiarism More tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel etc....

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When Heaving Drinking and The Law Collide – Stolichnaya Vodka Trade Mark Dispute

When I was younger I used to drink a Vodka called ‘Grants’ for the sole reason that it had the bold slogan ‘The Exciting Vodka’ on the bottle lid. Grants was sued for Trademark infringement, and changed to ‘Glens’ Vodka, but it never had the same appeal. The point is, Trade Mark infringement and Vodka is a thing, and according to this article from Trademarkology, it’s a big thing for one Russian brand in particular: A Russian pseudo-governmental entity claims that it is the rightful owner of the Stolichnaya trademark and that as a result, U.S. distributors who sell the product are acting in violation of established trademark rights.  The problem arises from the fact that the original owner — the Russian Federation – is no more. Read the Full Article Here: Stolichnaya® – A Tale of Two Owners | Trademarkology: The Law of the...

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Aldi v. Dunnes Stores – Two Interesting Articles

Two interesting articles today relating to Aldi v. Dunnes Stores, a case on comparative advertising and breach of Trade Mark A & L GoodBody Blog here : High Court grants injunction prohibiting further trade mark infringement in relation to advertising campaign which has ended. : Ireland IP & Technology Law Blog Managing Intellectual Property Blog Here (Subscription required): http://www.managingip.com/Article/3479805/Managing-Trade-Marks-Archive/A-high-water-mark-for-comparative-advertising.html...

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