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Mac family of trademarks has ample protection

Mac family of trademarks has ample protection

The trademarks McMuffin, McRib, McFlurry, Chicken McNuggets, McChicken and Egg McMuffin, all derived from the McDonald’s brand, meet all of the conditions to form a ’family’ of trademarks according to the General Court of the European Union. All derived trademarks are connected by a common feature, namely the prefix ‘Mc’. ... Read More »

IP rights of clients are not safeguarded in Tax Authorities’ ZZP-model agreement

IP rights of clients are not safeguarded in Tax Authorities’ ZZP-model agreement

The Employment Relationships (Deregulation) Act (DBA) comes into force on 1 May 2016. This legislative change means that the Declaration of Independent Contractor Status (VAR-declaration) is abolished. Our employment law colleagues have previously written about the employment law aspects of this but there is also important news in the field ... Read More »

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

Applicant applied to register HYDZ for “apparel not made of…animal hides, namely, sweatpants and sweatshirts for casual wear or for wear during exercise.” The TTAB over turned the Examiner’s refusal and allowed the trademark to be registered. This cases touches on two interesting and related technical trademark issues. FIRST: Descriptive ... Read More »

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