Tag Archives: Trademark

Furry Over “Hell’s Angel” Design

26 Apr

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter

The Hell’s Angels are bring suit against MTV for a trademark violation.  Their claim, dilution of the “Death Head” mark which has been used by the very popular group for well over 50 years.  MTV has allegedly sold the design on t-shirts based on a reality show “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” which can damage how the public perceives the mark.

“Death Head is a collective membership mark often seen on jackets and tattoos worn by Hell’s Angels associates. The group says it has ‘acquired very widespread public recognition; consequently they evoke strong and immediate reactions whenever used. The impact of these marks is virtually incomparable, and as a result they have great commercial value.'”

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Update: Chinese Court Seeking to Mediate Settlement Between Apple and Proview

24 Apr

Credit: Apple Inc.

Apple’s trademark issues continue in China (see our earlier posts entitled Apple Could Face Fine of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China and Update: Battle Over iPad Trademark Continues).  A senior official in China has suggested Apple could risk losing the use of the iPad trademark in China.  A Chinese court is currently seeking to mediate a settlement between Apple and Proview, who is challenging Apple’s use of the iPad name. Continue reading

Louis Vuitton Clashes Over “Hangover 2”

10 Apr

In 2011, Louis Vuitton successfully brought suit against Hyundai claiming that a one second glimpse of a basketball which closely resembled the well known trademark.  Recently, the French designer brought suit against Warner Brothers regarding “The Hangover II”.  It is alleged in that Warner Brothers infringed and diluted the mark “by showing, for one brief moment in the movie, Zach Galifianakis telling someone who pushes his bag, ‘Be careful, that is … that is a Lewis Vuitton.'”

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USPTO Publishes Neil Young’s Trademarks for Audio Format Alternative to MP3’s

4 Apr

In June 2011 Neil Young filed six trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Those trademarks were:  Ivanhoe, 21st Century Record Player, Earth Storage, Storage Shed, Thanks for Listening and SQS (Studio Quality Sound).  The filed documents described the trademarks as:

“Audio and video recordings featuring music and artistic performances; high resolution music downloadable from the internet; high resolutions discs featuring music and video of music and artistic performances; pre-recorded digital media containing audio and video recordings featuring music and artistic performances for storage and playback.”

As well as “online and retail store services featuring music and artistic performances, high resolution music downloadable from the internet, high resolutions discs featuring music and video, and pre-recorded digital media featuring audio and video recordings for storage and playback.”

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Beatles Prevail Over Dutch “Mobility”

29 Mar

The Beatles have successfully prevented a Dutch manufacturer from selling a Beatles inspired wheelchair.  The court found that this attempt to use this trademark is “inconceivable that consumers would be led to transfer in their minds a Beatle wheelchair with the goodwill of The Beatles, whose image is ‘even after 50 years of existence, still synonymous with youth and a certain counter-culture of the 1960s, an image which is still positive and which could specifically benefit the goods covered by the mark.'”

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