A potentially important product design trademark case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court involving those chocolate covered bready-sticks. Ezaki Glico Kabushiki Kaisha v. Lotte International America Corp., Docket No. 20-1817 (Supreme Court 2021).
The golden shade of the wrapping used by Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli for its bunnies has trademark protection, a top German court has ruled.The company had earlier taken a German chocolate maker, Heilemann, to court after it also started selling bunnies in gold wrapping in 2018.
The trademark complaint that Nike filed against Customs By Ilene, Inc., dba Drip Creationz is not the only customization-centric lawsuit that it filed this week. Also on Monday, Nike named Jeffrey Waskowiak and KickRich LLC in a similar – but unrelated – suit, accusing them of trademark infringement and dilution in connection with their alleged practice of “reselling Nike and Converse products that have been materially altered in ways that the brands have never approved or authorized,” and thereby, robbing Nike and Nike-owned Converse of their ability to “carefully manage which brands to collaborate with and thoughtfully select where, when, and how often their marks are used to guide the public perception for their iconic brands.”
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to a federal law reserving the use of the Russian term for champagne – Шампанское (shampanskoye) – to sparkling wines produced in Russia.Putin’s move has caused a stir with French producers, as it will require them to use the generic term “sparkling wine” on the back of their bottles sold in Russia.“Sovietskoïé shampanskoye” is the Russian word established under Stalin rule in the 1920s that describes a cheap and low quality sparkling wine available in Russia. Its production method is different from the one used in France.
Say the word Skyline and we’ll guarantee you, a Nissan luxury sedan is the first vehicle that will come to mind.But it seems like Ford wants you to think of the Blue Oval upon hearing Skyline – at least that’s what the most recent trademark filing suggests. Brought to light by Ford Authority, Ford Motor Company has submitted a trademark application for the Skyline name to the US Patent and Trademark Office, dated July 12, 2021.
Word Mark SKYLINE Goods and Services IC 012. G & S: Motor land vehicles, namely, SUVs, trucks and automobiles Standard Characters Claimed Serial Number 90823372 Filing Date July 12, 2021 Current Basis 1B Owner (APPLICANT) Ford Motor Company CORPORATION DELAWARE