St Andrew

There’s more to St Andrew than golf!

He’s not just about golf and he’s not just the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats too! Nevertheless, St…

girls v boys

Trade mark ‘scout’ wars – girls vs. boys

The Girl Scouts of America are suing the Boy Scouts of America, Arguing that the Boys’ recent rebranding (from Boys Scouts to Scouts) has caused consumer confusion, mistaken enrolment and misinformation about a merger between the two organisations. The two groups have coexisted peacefully for a long time, but problems arose when the “core gender…

Brexit deal

Brexit: Please don’t stop the music!

Almost 700,000 people marched on Parliament in London last week calling for a ‘people’s vote’ on the substance of the Brexit deal. Leavers say that it would be undemocratic to hold another vote. Remainers say that the consequences of Brexit will reliably outweigh the consequences of any single general election (we have one of those…

MARVELlous IP rights …

Marvel (Marvel Comics and Marvel Entertainment, LLC) has been around in some form for almost 80 years (Marvel began life as Timely Publications in 1939, by the 1950s it was known as Atlas Comics and by the 1960s the Marvel branding had begun). In that time the intellectual property rights in the Marvel brand and…

play-doh

Get your hands off my smell!

(IMAGE: AFP – GETTY) “A unique scent formed through the combination of a sweet, slightly musky, vanilla-like fragrance, with slight overtones of cherry, and the natural smell of a salted, wheat-based dough” Nope, not a wine or a cheese. This is the unique smell of Play-Doh … At least according to Hasbro. And the US…

Ritz compared to Rize trade marks

Trade mark battles – RITZ vs RIZE

Intercontinental Great Brands LLC (formerly known as Kraft Foods Holdings) (IGB) is the manufacturer of the popular “Ritz” crackers and the owner of the Ritz trade mark portfolio. Earlier this month, IGB commenced court proceedings in China against two companies, Dongguan Changshunli Food Limited Company and Jiezhou Food Limited Company (Defendants), alleging infringement of the…