Although this could be a close second, can’t imagine Jay Z is going to be too chuffed when he sees someone trying to Trade Mark this for clothing…
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….
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 Brand
Two interesting articles today relating to Aldi v. Dunnes Stores, a case on comparative advertising and breach of Trade Mark
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
It’s a wet and miserable Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland
Here’s some interesting IP to brighten up your day (yeah, like that’s going to do it):
More tomorrow at lunchtime