Apple & Google Top Interbrand’s Best Global Brands Report

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 20 October, 2016

Apple and Google top Interbrand’s recently released 2016 Best Global Brands report for the fourth consecutive year, with the Apple brand growing by 5% over last year to $178.119m, while Google grew 11%.

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Topics: brands

Forbes’ Annual List of Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities 2016 is Released

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 19 October, 2016

It’s October and that means it’s the time of year that Forbes comes out with its annual list of Highest-Paid Dead Celebrities.

Some brands stay alive beyond the grave and earn significant amounts of money through licensing deals, royalties, and more. Take Michael Jackson, for example. Back in March, Jackson’s half of the Sony/ATV music-publishing catalog (which includes the Beatles songs) sold for $750 million, which earned the late gloved-one first place in Forbes’ ranking. Some of you may remember that Jackson outbid Paul McCartney when he paid $47.5 million for the Beatles catalog in 1985. Jackson’s earnings this year of $825 million are an all-time record for a celebrity — dead or alive. 

A perennial front-runner in the Forbes’ list is Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, who earned the #2 ranking this year. Though Schulz died 16 years ago, the Peanuts franchise remains popular and got a big boost with The Peanuts Movie (in 3-D). Schulz is followed by Arnold Palmer in 3rd place, having just passed away in September.

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Topics: trademark

Rospatent Rejects Brioni Bid to Invalidate Bioni Trademark

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 18 October, 2016

Rospatent, the Russian Patent and Trademark Office has rejected Italian clothing brand Brioni’s request to invalidate the trademark for “Bioni,” which it claimed is likely to confuse consumers. The Bioni trademark is owned by a Russian fragrance and cosmetics company, JSC Arnest. Brioni is owned by the French luxury goods holding company Kering.

Both parties’ Russian trademarks are registered in International Class 3, which covers soaps, perfumery, essential oils, and cosmetics. Bioni argued that the two brand names are not similar, while pointing out that the use of “bio” in its name often implies the use of natural or organic materials.

Rospatent’s decision in JSC Arnest’s favor noted that the stylized Brioni mark is distinct from the Bioni mark, which uses a different font.

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Topics: trademark

City of Atlanta Wants Parody Website to Stop Using Its Trademarked Seal

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 14 October, 2016

After spending the day in an Atlanta, Georgia courtroom addressing some traffic violations, Ben Palmer decided to start a parody website about his home city. Local Atlanta television station, 11Alive reported that Palmer’s decision to start the satirical site grew out of “too many tickets, too many run-ins with city officials, and not enough money to make ends meet.”

After poking fun at Atlanta’s trolley system, traffic, and even the city’s homicide rates, Palmer’s City of Atlanta Facebook Page now has over 27,000 likes. Here’s a sampling of some recent posts:

"We have invested 90 million dollars in a trolley system that will allow citizens to travel 10 whole blocks in a total of 3 hours."

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Topics: trademark

McDonald’s Sued for Using Late Graffiti Artist’s Work

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

Dash Snow was an American multi-media artist who died in 2009 at the age of 27. A descendant of the Schlumberger family, Snow started hanging out with artists on New York City’s Lower East Side at a young age, and then started doing graffiti art. Snow tagged iconic New York City locations, like the Brooklyn Bridge and the High Line, with his pseudonym “SACE” and it’s been written that he even paid homeless people $20 to tag the clothing on their backs.

Snow’s estate is suing McDonald’s for using the late artist’s graffiti tag “SACE” to decorate several McDonald’s restaurant locations without its permission. The suit alleges copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, falsification of ‘copyright management information’ under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and negligence,” according to The Fashion Law.

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Topics: trademark


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