Trademarks and Brands

Goldman Sachs Sends Cryptocurrency Exchange Bitman Sachs Trademark Infringement Notification

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 13 March, 2018

US finance company Goldman Sachs has sent a notice to an Indian company that operates Bitman Sachs, a cryptocurrency exchange, claiming that it is infringing intellectual property rights and violating trademark norms, according to The Economic Times.

Bitman Sachs LLP operated a website called The company's founder said: “We are not using Goldman anywhere in our brand name and Sachs is a very common surname in Germany. … So I don't know how this could be an infringement of intellectual property or trademark.” 

The notification sent by Goldman Sachs to Bitman Sachs raised concern about a likelihood of confusion, stating: “The infringing mark is intended for use in connection with related services as those provided by Goldman Sachs. The infringing mark is thus clearly intended to draw an association with your cryptocurrency (business), on the one hand and… Goldman Sachs on the other hand.” 

Read More

Topics: domains, trademark infringement

Trade Association Awarded Damages in Hotel Poaching Case

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 8 March, 2018

A US trade association has been awarded damages in a trademark infringement case against a travel agency that sent unsolicited emails to tradeshow attendees and exhibitors representing that it was affiliated with the tradeshow.

A US district court ordered Tarzango to pay the US Poultry & Egg Association more than $700,000 in damages and attorney’s fees for infringing the trademark of the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), an organization that US Poultry partners with to organize its tradeshow.

Tarzango sent unsolicited emails to IPPE exhibitors and attendees advertising hotel accommodations for its annual tradeshow. IPPE had a contract with Experient to manage accommodations for the show.

Read More

Topics: trademarks, trademark infringement

Lucasfilm in Trademark Dispute Over Mobile Game App

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Tuesday, 6 March, 2018

Do any of you Star Wars’ fans know how Han Solo won the Millennium Falcon?

The answer is: in a game of cards, called Sabacc, against Lando Calrissian. (Specifically, it was a variant of Sabacc called "Corellian Spike," played with a pair of six-sided dice. Thank you, Wookieeepdia.) Website Dork Side of the Force calls Sabacc “a combination of Black Jack and poker, but it’s rules are a bit more complicated.”

Disney’s Lucasfilm says it’s been using the Sabacc name in card games, comic books, theme parks, and more, since it was first introduced on film in 1978. And now, writes The Hollywood Reporter, the company is suing Ren Ventures over a mobile game app based on the card game.

According to Variety, Ren Ventures started selling a mobile game app called Sabacc in 2015 and registered a trademark for the name in international classes 9 (computer game software) and 41 (entertainment services) in August 2016. Then, last December, Lucasfilm challenged the registration by filing a lawsuit against Ren Ventures for trademark and copyright infringement, along with unfair competition.

Read More

Topics: trademark, trademark infringement

DeLorean Motor Company Takes Legal Action Against Elysian Cosmetics

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 5 March, 2018

If you’re old enough to remember the 1980s, you’ll likely remember the futuristic gull-winged car referred to as “the DeLorean.” Officially the car is the DeLorean DMC-12 and only about 9,000 cars were made by the DeLorean Motor Company between 1981 and 1982. Most people recognize it as the car driven by the Doc Brown character in the film ‘Back to the Future.’

Talk about reviving the DeLorean has been around for many years. A prototype for an electric version was released in 2011, then a launch was announced for 2017, and now the latest timeline for the release of a new model is 2019. DeLorean CEO Stephen Wynne told the Houston Chronicle: "We've got to build. … It's time."

While we await the introduction of the new DeLorean model, DeLorean Motor Company continues to operate its car restoration and retail business. It owns several trademarks for the name which also cover merchandise that it sells, including clothing, accessories, toys, etc. And, reports World Intellectual Property Review, the company has plans to expand further, into the luxury goods market.

Read More

Topics: trademark infringement, names

TwiT Sues Twitter for Trademark Infringement

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 19 January, 2018

There’s an audio and video media platform called TWiT that produces a technology podcast called ‘This Week in Tech,’ among other online shows. TWiT is suing Twitter, Inc. for trademark infringement, along with breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, according to TechCrunch.

It appears that back when the two companies started, they discussed the similarity of their names and came to an informal agreement that the two were fundamentally different types of companies. At that time, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams reportedly told TWiT’s Leo Laporte that Twitter was a “text-based microblogging service.” They came to an agreement that the two companies’ trademarks could co-exist “conditioned on each company continuing its own unique distribution platform.” And, the court documents say this agreement “was honored by both TWiT and Twitter for years.”

Read More

Topics: trademark infringement


The title says it all. This is a blog about trademarks and brands, expanding the expertise and resources you’ve come to expect from Corsearch. From expert research tips to the inside scoop on productivity solutions, join the conversation about trademarks and brands.

Subscribe to Email Updates

Recent Posts