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Argos vs Argos

The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision that Argos Systems Inc (ASI), a US company, had not infringed Argos Ltd (AUL) registered trade marks for displaying Google adverts for AUL on its website <www.argos.com>. AUL is a well-known UK based consumer retailer which owns trade marks for the word ARGOS and the domain…

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Weetabix has lost a trade mark infringement battle with Sanitarium at New Zealand’s High Court last week. Sanitarium, a well-known cereal company based in New Zealand accused Weetabix of infringing its trade mark for Weet-Bix, which has been a well-recognised breakfast cereal in New Zealand for decades. It was found that a British store owner…

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Nike defeated in LNDR vs LDNR trade mark dispute

Sportswear giant, Nike in its recent campaign ‘Nothing beats a Londoner’ had been using the mark “LDNR” as an abbreviation for ‘Londoner’. Frank Industries which manufactures and sells ladies’ leisure wear commenced legal proceedings against Nike arguing that it had infringed its “LNDR” trade mark. Frank industries applied for an interim injunction, which it was…

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…