trademark

Liverpool FC Denied ‘Liverpool’ Trademark Due To Its Geographic Significance

from the liver-worst dept Over the past couple of months, we have been discussing Liverpool FC, of the Premier League, attempting to get a trademark for “Liverpool” in a few soccer-related market designations. Despite the narrow scope of the application, the whole thing was still silly, given that “Liverpool” is purely geographic in nature, not …

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Monster Energy Opposes Teenager’s Trademark Application Over Logos Not At All Similar

from the monster-bash dept Monster Energy. The company’s name is enough to set the average Techdirt reader’s eyes rolling. The company that makes sugar-heavy energy drinks has become essentially a caricature of an overly aggressive trademark enforcer. This habit is somewhat surprising, given just how often the company loses lawsuits and oppositions, which one would …

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AB InBev Fails To Get ‘Patagonia’ Trademark Suit Dismissed

from the nice-try dept Earlier this year, we discussed a trademark suit brought against Anheuser-Busch InBev by Patagonia, the famed outer-wear maker known best for its association with skiing and outdoor sports apparel. While we usually make a big deal about market separation when it comes to trademark enforcement, this case was notable for two …

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THE Ohio State University Loses Its Trademark Application For ‘THE’

from the THE-end dept Over the past several weeks, we have been discussing a ridiculous trademark application filed by the Ohio State University for the word “the.” This entire episode has been a painful reminder of the fallout of the permission culture that has risen up out of strict IP enforcement and an overly-permissive USPTO. …

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Meta advertising: can the use of meta tags infringe trademark rights?

Who: The Transocean Marine Paint Association (Transocean), Pinturas Eurotex S.A. and Industrias Quimicas Eurotex S.L. (together referred to as: Eurotex) Where: The Netherlands (Court of The Hague; ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2019:6247) When: 19 June 2019 Law stated as at: 30 July 2019 What happened: Transocean is a global association for manufacturers of ship paint. Transocean grants licenses to …

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