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Unique but Not Distinctive–Colour and Shape Trademark Applications Rejected for Asthma Inhalers

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Trademark protection for the shape and colour of pharmaceutical products remains elusive. Even if the appearance of a tablet or inhaler is unique, a trademark registration will be rejected without evidence that physicians,...more

Prepare for Canada Day by Reviewing Your Pending Industrial Design Applications

by Smart & Biggar on

July 1, 2017, is Canada’s 150th birthday. But it is also the deadline for taking certain actions in respect of pending Canadian design applications. As previously reported, on January 16, 2017, the Canadian Industrial...more

Chartreuse Color Trademark Still on the Loose

Back in December we wrote about a trademark infringement case (Weems v. Plews) involving claimed exclusive rights in the color chartreuse as applied to various kinds of hoses....more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 24 | April 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor - Japan's Action Plan for the Realization of Work Style Reform - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently held 10 meetings of the "Council for the Realization of Work Style Reform," to discuss reforms to Japan's...more

8th Circuit Trademark Year in Review 2016

I recently presented a CLE at the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis that covered many of the most important trademark cases from 2016 that were decided in the 8th Circuit. Here are some of the key teachings from...more

Colourful designs and a streamlined practice get the green light in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Yesterday, the Canadian Industrial Design Office announced changes that significantly modernize and streamline six of its office practices, substantially benefitting applicants seeking protection for their designs in Canada....more

Chartreuse Color Trademark on the Loose

We’ve written a lot about single color trademarks here over the years. Weems, the owner of the Flexilla brand has unleashed its federally-registered chartreuse-colored non-traditional trademark for “compressed air hoses”...more

Just Wait Until the USPTO Lays Its Hands on These Single and Dual Color TM Applications

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Back in 2009, we wrote about what was then Kimberly Clark’s pair of single color purple trademark registrations in connection with “gloves for medical and surgical uses” and “disposable nitrile gloves for general use,” now...more

Beyond Black and White

Last month, Federal Express announced that all of its logos moving forward would use the brand's recognizable purple and orange color scheme. Before this change, each division of the company used different colors paired with...more

EU Retail News - May 2016

by Bryan Cave on

UK: How to comply with consumer protection laws — are you faking it? On 4 March 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published guidance for businesses on how to comply with consumer protection law...more

Nominative Fair Use, as Illustrated by Colorful Balls

If you watch any amount of T.V. or happened to catch either of the AFC or NFC Championship games last weekend, you’ve probably seen one of the recent cell phone carrier ball commercials....more

Another Cliche Color Trademark Calamity?

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Techdirt is crying foul (again) and this time, wrapping the “trademark bully” mantle around the magenta-colored neck of the T-Mobile brand for enforcing its color trademark against OXY....more

Is Ronald McDonald Lovin’ This Fryday?

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

When I recently snapped the above image of a t-shirt on display at a large retailer in the Twin Cities, it made me want to ask the same question many survey experts will ask of respondents to determine whether a likelihood of...more

Will Purple Reign, as a Color Trademark?

Today, we’re not talking about that Purple Rain, that Color Purple, or those Purple People Eaters, and we’re especially not talking today about Purple Gloves, Purple Bags, Purple Jackets, Purple Candy Wrappers, or Purple...more

Law A' La Mode - Issue 17 October 2015

by DLA Piper on

The Netherlands editorial team is delighted to bring you the 17th edition of Law a` la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design group for clients and contacts of the firm...more

Will Starbucks Be a Closer at the USPTO?

We’ll soon see whether coffee truly goes hand in hand with closers, at least in one famous brand owner’s quest for registration of a non-verbal, non-traditional color trademark at the USPTO. I’ve been noticing Starbucks focus...more

“Black and White” Is So 2014 for EU Trademarks

by Miller Canfield on

Under a new Community Trade Mark (CTM) rule, trademarks filed in black and white, or greyscale, may no longer be protected if the mark is used predominantly in color. The CTM system creates a unified trademark registration...more

Single Color Mark — Functionality Does Not Necessarily Preclude Protectability

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Moldex-Metric, Inc. v. McKeon Products, Inc. clarifies that even when a single color trade dress has a function, and even when the color is marketed as such, this fact alone does not...more

MarkIt to Market | March 2015

The March issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to MarketTM newsletter provides 5 considerations for prioritizing your global trademark protection, identifies takeaways from a recent trade dress decision, and provides an updated...more

Will #TheDress Impact Color Trademarks?

#TheDress phenomenon is about to shape the future of color trademarks and trade dress rights. You may recall, we have written a great deal on the subject of non-traditional trademark protection of colors, especially...more

Sweating Out a COREPOWER Coexistence

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

Aside from my propensity for laughter, there are few things that can instantly improve my mood quite like an impromptu dance party or hot yoga sculpt. Yes, hot yoga sculpt – yoga with weights and cardio in a very hot room...more

European Community Trademarks – Why it Now Matters if They’re Black and White (or Grayscale)

Whether it’s black or white may not have mattered to Michael Jackson (at least that's how the song goes), but it does seem to matter now to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and other trademark...more

European Union – New Practice on black and white and colour trade marks

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The protection and enforceability of black and white trademarks in the European Union has been called into question. Trademark owners should review their portfolios to determine whether this change will affect their European...more

Colors, Words, and Colours: Pink with Envy

It has been nearly a year since we posed the age-old question: Does this Pink Clash with My Pink? Okay, so it’s not that old of a question. In fact, most of you (readers) may not have ever considered the inquiry....more

10 Popular Reads Covering Latest European Union Developments

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more

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