Corsearch Insights on Domain Investigations and Trademark Clearance

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 26 September, 2016

With today’s continually changing domain name landscape, you need new tools to conduct a thorough domain name investigation prior to executing your trademark clearance process. Performing a comprehensive domain investigation can identify and mitigate hidden reputational or competing ownership risks that could result in trademark challenges in the future.

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Topics: domains, trademark

Whataburger and DC Comics in “Friendly” Trademark Talks

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 23 September, 2016

Despite the buzz on comic book blogs about a trademark battle , “friendly” discussions are underway between fast food chain Whataburger and DC Comics over the restaurant’s “Flying W” logo and Wonder Woman’s logo.

A Whataburger spokesman commented to Chron.com on the “positive” talks that are underway: “Contrary to some suggestions, Whataburger is not at war with Wonder Woman over her newly redesigned logo. In fact, Whataburger supports superheroes like Wonder Woman and her friends in the Justice League.” The statement went on to suggest that Whataburger’s super-hero mascot, known as Whataguy, is open to teaming up with Wonder Woman “to battle evil together.”

Here’s a look at the two logos:

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Topics: trademark

EU Court Rejects Trademark for “Ring-Ring” of the Phone

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 21 September, 2016

The EU General Court (EGC) last week ruled against Latin American media company Grupo Globo’s trademark application appeal for the familiar “ring-ring” sound of a telephone. The ruling said the sound had “no distinctive character” and was “a banal and commonplace ringtone which would generally go unnoticed and would not be remembered by the consumer.”

Grupo Globo’s trademark application for the ringing sound — two repeated G-sharps — was represented like this in its 2014 application:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New gTLD Update: .CLUB, .VIP, and New Chinese IDN Donuts TLDs

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 16 September, 2016

This week’s update includes news about .CLUB, .VIP domains, and Chinese IDN TLDs.

.CLUB – Auction of Premium and Some 2-Character Domains

The .CLUB registry announced that some of its 2-character domains, as well as I.CLUB and 777.CLUB, are available for registration via a no-reserve auction on Sedo from September 9–16, 2016.
FX.CLUB, DJ.CLUB, and RV.CLUB, as well as geographic names such as NY.CLUB, LA.CLUB, SF.CLUB, UK.CLUB, and US.CLUB, will also be available in the auction. Details of the auction inventory and bids can be found at www.JackpotAuction.club.

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Topics: nGTLDs

UKIPO Upholds Swatch Trademark Opposition to iWatch

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Swiss watchmaking company Swatch’s 2014 opposition to Apple’s attempt to register “iWatch” was upheld by the UKIPO, according to the BBC. Swatch had claimed that iWatch was too similar to its iSwatch and Swatch trademarks.

Obviously, by the time Apple launched what we now know as the Apple Watch in 2015, it had decided against using the name iWatch.

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Topics: trademark

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