NBCUniversal v. NBCU Productions in Trademark Dispute

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 11 October, 2016

Media company NBCUniversal is suing an unaffiliated television production company that goes by the name of NBCU Productions, LLC for “blatantly infringing NBCUniversal’s trademarks in order to mislead third parties,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The Miami-based production company is accused of using NBCUniversal’s marks to “falsely portray themselves as associated with NBCUniversal,” going so far as to using NBCUniversal’s iconic peacock logo on invoices and using email addresses for its employees that end in “@nbcuni-studios.com.” And, until recently, NBCU Production’s domain — nbcuni-studios.com — redirected to NBCUniversal's website.

NBCU also represented in a media kit for a television show it produced called “Stars & Hearts” that it was going to air during primetime on an NBCUniversal channel. In addition, NBCU Productions had also operated under the name “E Television Productions” which more than slightly resembles NBCUniversal’s own E! Entertainment Television, LLC subsidiary.

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Topics: trademark

EU Counterfeit Intercepts Increased by 15% in 2015

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 6 October, 2016

A recent report released by the European Commission showed that in 2015, customs authorities had seized an estimated 5 million more counterfeit items over the previous year — an increase of 15% over 2014. In addition, more than 40 million products, worth about €650 million that were under suspicion of intellectual property rights violations were detained at EU borders in 2015.

Among the top types of items detained, cigarettes led the list, totaling 27%, followed closely by what are categorized as “everyday products” that can threaten a consumer’s health and safety, including food and beverages, toiletries, medicine, toys, and household electrical products.

China led the list of counterfeit-originating countries at 41%, followed by Montenegro, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Benin. In specific categories of counterfeit products, the following countries led as the country of origin for the following counterfeit products:

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Thomson Reuters Sells CompuMark, MarkMonitor, and Thomson IP Manager

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

Thomson CompuMark (and its SAEGIS and Serion brands), MarkMonitor, and Thomson IP Manager were among the assets subject to a $3.55 billion divestment by Thomson Reuters. The sale of Thomson’s Intellectual Property & Science business to Baring Private Equity Asia and Onex Corporation was completed this week, and the new company will be known as Clarivate Analytics.

Included in the sale were Web of Science, Cortellis, Thomson Innovation, Derwent World Patents Index, Thomson CompuMark, MarkMonitor, Thomson IP Manager, and Techstreet, among other brands.

In a press release, Vin Caraher, Clarivate Analytics CEO, focusing on the academic and scholarly business, said: "We're excited to move forward as an expert, objective and agile source of authoritative knowledge. . . . Our solutions sit at the center of almost every major university, government and business, supporting those working within the lifecycle of innovation who strive to make a difference. As a market leader, we look forward to building on our strong foundation as an independent company."

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Topics: trademarks

Where Are All the Cocktail Trademarks?

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 4 October, 2016

Have you ever wondered why only a handful of cocktail names are trademarked? The Dark ‘N Stormy and the Painkiller are the only two that immediately come to mind. Too bad it’s a bit early in some parts of the world to discuss this over cocktails, but take a sip of whatever is sitting next to you and read on . . .

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Topics: trademark

Can a Brand Say “Product of Iceland”? UK Store: “No.” Iceland’s Government: “Not so fast.”

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 30 September, 2016

British supermarket chain Iceland Foods Limited first started marketing under the name “Iceland” back in 1970 and later registered the trademark. Originally based in Shropshire, Iceland Foods now reaches across the European Union (EU) and even several non-EU countries, including Iceland. 

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Topics: trademark


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