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The Elvis Presley Estate Loses Bid to Block ELVIS JUICE Beer

Posted in Dilution, Famous Marks, Food, Infringement, International, Law Suits, Trademarks, TTAB, USPTO

Trademark disputes involving breweries are nothing new, with breweries battling each other, wineries, and even cities over trademarks. We can now add estates of dead celebrities to the mix, as the Estate of Elvis Presley continues its battle against UK-based BrewDog over its ELVIS JUICE I.P.A. The Elvis Estate first attempted to resolve the dispute… Continue Reading

Do EU principles of free movement trump trade mark rights or vice versa?

Posted in Branding, Fair Use, Guest Bloggers, Infringement, Law Suits, Marketing, Mixed Bag of Nuts, Patents, Trademarks

Lauren Millward, Solicitor, Browne Jacobson LLP In recent times trade mark law in the UK has developed to comply with the fundamental principles of the EU including the free movement of goods and services within the EU. The decision of the Court of Appeal in the UK in Speciality European Pharma Ltd v Doncaster Pharmaceuticals… Continue Reading

Rihanna ‘shines bright like a diamond’ but still no right of publicity for the UK

Posted in Fashion, Goodwill, Guest Bloggers, International, Loss of Rights, Mixed Bag of Nuts

Nicola Hill, Associate and Jude King, Trainee Solicitor, Browne Jacobson LLP This is the era of celebrity. It has become a global commercial enterprise in its own right. From launching personalised perfume ranges to being the face of fashion houses, there can be no doubt that celebs are a high value commodity. As such, every… Continue Reading

eBay is Embroiled in More Intellectual Property Disputes

Posted in Infringement, Law Suits, Trademarks

Many people will access eBay this month to purchase that special gift for the holidays. In doing so, there are many products listed on eBay that are associated with valuable trademarks.    In a previous blog post, “New York Provides No Assistance to ‘The Little Blue Box’ Company,” we informed you that a district court had found that… Continue Reading

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Advertising on the Internet

Posted in Advertising, Keyword Ads, Marketing, Search Engines, Social Networking

–Dan Kelly, Attorney Professors at the University of Pennsylvania and at UC Berkeley School of Law released a study this week conclusively titled “Americans Reject Tailored Advertising,” suggesting that there is high resistance among individuals to tailored advertising on the Internet.  (Press release from Penn here, NYT coverage here.)  Although I have been unable to… Continue Reading