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McDonald’s isn’t sweet on McSweet

McDonald’s isn’t sweet on McSweet

After selling pickles under the MCSWEET mark for nearly 20 years, Washington-based McSweet LLC applied for a federal trademark registration, only to be blocked by McDonald’s ubiquitous MC family of marks. As the reader undoubtedly knows, McDonald’s family of MC marks includes everything from MCDONALD’S and MCFLURRY to MCCHICKEN, MCDOUBLE, ... Read More »

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

“Boop oop a doop” – the Betty Boop case and the potential to infringe a trade mark registration comprising a word by the use of an image

The Law Reports are littered with examples of failures by celebrities and the owners of well-known fictional characters to prevent third parties using their images, or the images of those fictional characters, on merchandise. Examples of well-known “losers” include Tarzan, the rock band Linkin Park, the pop group Abba, the ... Read More »

Demystifying patent terminology: five easily misunderstood words and phrases

Demystifying patent terminology: five easily misunderstood words and phrases

To those who dabble in patent law only occasionally, doing so can feel as disorienting as walking into a wild jungle.  And with good reason—patent law’s unique terminology makes it ripe with opportunities for miscommunication between inventors, business leaders, corporate counsel, and the patent attorneys who serve them.  Keep this ... Read More »

Online sales and selective distribution of brand products

Online sales and selective distribution of brand products

In the article ‘Online sales and selective distribution of brand products’ in Twinkle Magazine, Eric Janssen and Joost Becker explain the online sale of brand products by selective distributors from the perspective of trademark and competition law. Trademark law gives producers very extensive possibilities of imposing requirements on their retailers ... Read More »

Copyright and the selfie

Copyright and the selfie

In the ever transitioning world of copyright law, issues surrounding the selfie have recently taken center stage. The latest dispute involves a selfie taken by a monkey who, in 2011 in Indonesia, grabbed wildlife photographer David Slater’s camera to snap a wide-smiling image of itself. Wikipedia subsequently placed the image ... Read More »

The protection of clothing against slavish imitation

The protection of clothing against slavish imitation

The design of clothing, such as jackets, trousers and shoes, can be protected in many different ways. Clothing design can be copyright-protected, design rights can be registered for clothing and unregistered community design rights can be invoked. Trademark rights are naturally also important for protecting clothing. But clothing is additionally ... Read More »

Technology Partnerships and MES contracts: trends and legal points for attention

Technology Partnerships and MES contracts: trends and legal points for attention

Perhaps this is a familiar dilemma: you want access to the best (state-of-the-art) technology, but have no resources for this because of cutbacks and reforms. Enter: technology partnerships and MES contracts. What kind of contracts are these and what points deserve attention from a legal standpoint? MES contracts and Technology ... Read More »

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