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Babybel loses red wax trade mark

Since 1996, the owner of Babybel, Fromageries Bel have had a trade mark registered for its prominent 3D round wax coating with the colour red for its cheese products. This month, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) issued a ruling invalidating the trade mark covering the red coating for Babybel cheese products. This trade mark…

MONSTER BATTLE: you want a pizza me?

Last year energy drink giant Monster Energy unsuccessfully opposed an application by a pop-up pizzeria to trade mark its name “Monsta Pizza”. See our earlier blog: Monsta Pizza wins TM case against Monster Energy. Monsta Pizza celebrated its win by posting on twitter on 21 August 2018: “WE Won! HOOZAH! Our name is ours ……

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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…

Conor McGregor applies for trade mark

Conor McGregor vs Trade Marks

Conor McGregor, the former Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, is having yet another dispute trying to register a trade mark in the EU. McGregor is well known for his high profile mixed martial arts fights and his persona in letting everyone know “he is the best at what he does,”…

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Rihanna off to court again

Rihanna is making trade mark news again. In 2015 she took Topshop to Court over the use of her image on a T-shirt. Topshop owned the image they had used but their marketing campaign suggested a commercial tie and endorsement which did not exist. Rihanna’s claim was that TopShop were unfairly exploiting her image, so…