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All guns blazin’ in a heated trade mark dispute

A well renowned brewery in Colorado, USA Oskar Blues Brewery (“the Brewery”) are up against American Rock band Guns N’ Roses (“the Band”) in a lawsuit concerning an alleged trade mark infringement of the Band’s name. The Brewery’s attempt to register ‘Guns ‘N Rosé’ for one of its most recent canned beers backfired when they were faced with a lawsuit from the Band’s lawyers. The Band have a registered trade mark for the name ‘Guns…
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Iceland wins EU trade mark battle against UK-based supermarket

In 2014 Supermarket chain Iceland Foods Ltd secured an EU trade mark for ICELAND, much to the frustration of the Government of Iceland, who’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs challenged the supermarket’s trade mark claiming it hinders companies in Iceland from trading using their country’s name or registering their products with reference to their country of origin. Since the food chain was granted the trade mark there has been a long-running dispute between the Icelandic Government…
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Turn that frown upside-down!

Designer Marc Jacobs is shaking up the fashion world again! In December 2018, the estate of rock band Nirvana filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against renowned fashion label Marc Jacobs for using their signature ‘happy face’ logo on their t-shirt. The logo was created by the band’s frontman the late Kurt Cobain and, as it was sported by thousands of teens all over the world in the 90s, it caused the logo to symbolise the…
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Taylor’s App comes to a Swift end

In December 2017 Popstar Taylor Swift launched her app The Swift Life to accompany her sixth album Reputation, allowing fans to interact with her and other fans in their own social community. She was then faced with a lawsuit from businessman Patrick Lloyd Yves Benot, the owner of a New York computer company called SwiftLife which owns the trade mark ‘SwiftLife’. Benot claimed Swift’s app infringed on his trade mark, claiming he had even been…
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