Riding on the Surfer’s Wave of Reputation and Goodwill – How Pepsi popped bubbles of a look-a-like coke brand

PepsiCo successfully fizzed the bubbles out of a ‘look-a-like’ cola brand after winning a cancellation and invalidity application against Singapore-based Ten Yun International’s trade mark at the UK Intellectual Property Office. Registered in October 2016 and shown below at Fig. 1, Ten Yun International’s mark covered ‘soft drinks and non-alcoholic drinks’ in Class 32. The…

The Attack of the Toblerclones – Sale of Poundland’s ‘Twin Peaks’ allowed by Mondelez but only for a limited run!

Poundland announced in June 2017 its intentions to release a mountain-inspired chocolate bar, Twin Peaks, by December.  However, the product’s release was halted after it received a legal letter from Mondelez, the legal owners of the Toblerone brand, claiming trade mark infringement for the overall shape of the bar, the pyramid-shaped chocolate peaks, the prism-shaped…

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The Rise of the Geo-tag Vandals. Could this be a new sub-category of copyright infringement?

On 3rd October, Snapchat launched its collaboration project “Art All Around You”, an art initiative aimed at raising the profile of well-known and lesser known artists with the world by geo-tagging images of iconic works of art across the augmented reality landscape; one example was Jeff Koons’ balloon dog in Central Park, NYC.  Some lauded…