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An Update from Mars: “CocoVaa” Dispute Resolved

Posted in Agreements, Infringement, Law Suits, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

Earlier this year, I posted about a dispute between candy company Mars Inc. and a small business based in Wisconsin, selling handmade fine chocolates under the mark CocoVaa. In March, Mars Inc. filed a federal trademark infringement complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia, asserting that its registered CocoaVia® mark (Reg. No. 4179465), for a dietary supplement powder, was being… Continue Reading

Mars – Helping You Work, Rest & Play (and improve blood circulation?)

Posted in Advertising, Infringement, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Squirrelly Thoughts, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

While browsing my daily trademark news and digesting some recent chocolate-related trademark litigation, to be discussed below, I happened upon some interesting discussions and histories of slogans for candy, including in particular, the MARS® chocolate bar. Back in 1960, Mars Inc. debuted its slogan for the MARS® chocolate bar: “A Mars a Day, Helps You Work,… Continue Reading

A Less Possessive Hershey’s Brand?

Posted in Branding, Food, Marketing, Trademarks, Truncation, USPTO

The possessive form of the Hershey’s brand dates back to at least as early as 1894, according to U.S. Reg. No. 54,041 — a more than 100 year old trademark registration from 1906. Last week, Brand New reported on Hershey’s new logo and corporate identity — without the apostrophe and letter “s” at the end: I’m guessing that the possessive form… Continue Reading

Happy Father’s Day from Paris to London

Posted in Mixed Bag of Nuts

I definitely had a memorable Father’s Day today, traveling with my daughter from Paris to London, here is a photo of a gift bag and gold medal chocolate memento: Nice touch Eurostar! Courvoisier looks genuine, so I’m saving that one for later, of course. In case you’re wondering the cigar was not real — milk chocolate… Continue Reading

Handcrafted Intellectual Property in 2014

Posted in Articles, Branding, Food, Marketing, Trademarks

What best describes your work? Inexpensive? Cost effective? Robotic? Low budget? High volume? Or, do you deliver excellence — unique, distinctive, valuable, sculpted, tailored, and handmade  solutions with your wealth of professional skill and expertise? If your main focus is on delivering the lowest possible cost, you best be selling a commodity. Creating and protecting valuable intellectual property… Continue Reading

The Color Purple and the future of color trade marks in the UK

Posted in Branding, Famous Marks, Guest Bloggers, International, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Non-Traditional Trademarks, Product Packaging, Trademarks

Simon Bennett and Rachel Cook Fox Williams LLP Chocolate giants Nestle and Cadbury have been trading blows in the UK and European Courts for several years. This latest round in front of the UK Court of Appeal related to Cadbury’s application to register the color purple (to be specific Pantone 2685C) for the packaging of… Continue Reading

Hershey Bar Configuration Mark Allowed

Posted in Non-Traditional Trademarks, Product Configurations

–Dan Kelly, Attorney Late last month, Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation won an appeal at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to register the following as a configuration mark for use in connection with candy and chocolate: The decision (opinion here) is straightforward and not precedential.  It is somewhat interesting in that Hershey had already… Continue Reading

Fling – a Big Flop with Women

Posted in Branding, Food, Marketing

— Karen Brennan, Attorney Mars recently introduced a new candy bar, Fling, marketed exclusively to women, advertised as “an un-regrettably indulgent new product for women”.  The website is predominantly pink and is littered with very stereo-typical one-liners meant to be sexy such as “you never know when you’ll want to have a Fling” and “so tear it… Continue Reading

Tasty Humor?

Posted in Advertising, Food, Marketing, Product Packaging

–Dan Kelly, Attorney My wife and I recently received a gift of chocolate, called the Marital Bliss Bar, from Bloomsberry & Co.  The packaging is quite humorous: Bloomsberry’s other chocolates are also in generally humorous packages, with some bordering on edgy, even racy — all can be viewed at its website. Humor in marketing and product… Continue Reading