The slogan "Think different" by Apple is considered to be one of the most famous slogans. Watch manufacturer Swatch in turn advertises its watch with the slogan "Tick different". In this trademark dispute over this slogan, Apple lost to Swatch twice in recent weeks.
When can a product designation infringe a protected trademark? And may a trademark owner sue even if he knows of the use as a trademark? The OLG Frankfurt am Main had to decide this question in a trademark dispute over pepper spray names.
According to the European Court, an EU figurative mark consisting of four intersecting lines is not similar to an earlier figurative mark of the well-known sports mark Asics, which also consists of four intersecting lines. The overall visual impression of the respective figurative marks is completely different.
The CJEU sees no likelihood of confusion for Deutsche Post AG and its protected earlier trademarks POST, INFOPOST and ePOST by the trademark application InPost. The reasoning shows: if "in" is not used correctly in grammatical terms, it serves to differentiate brands.
In two days the Football World Cup in Russia starts - high season also for counterfeiting. With a new customs alliance China-Russia in 2018, both countries want to put a stop to product piracy.
Is there a risk of confusion between the adidas sneaker Stan Smith and the Skechers Onix sneaker? And does Skechers' Cross Fit shoe water down the adidas brand? The U.S. Court of Appeals of Oregon says yes and no. The current decision represents an important partial success for the German premium manufacturer.
A few days ago, China's supreme trademark court ruled in a long-standing trademark dispute over the famous Dior bottle. The previous rejection of the desired 3D trademark protection for the bottle has been lifted.