In your face


For Facebook, it is important to counteract any dilution of its trademarks. This generally means that it opposes any trademark consisting of FACE or BOOK. Like the trademark LIFEBOOK, filed in the European Union for a.o. entertainment. Facebook filed an [...]

In your face2017-10-11T09:13:41+02:00

Walking in Louvain


Walking through the beautiful city of Louvain (Belgium) last week for the annual BMM (The Benelux Association of Trademark and Design Law) meeting, our trademark attorneys can not help but to see trademark infringements everywhere. Just there. In plain sights. Okay, you might [...]

Walking in Louvain2016-11-21T07:45:22+01:00

Face food


Again, a trademark attorney is never really on holiday. Even when walking around, looking for a nice place to have lunch, the trademark-attorney-on-holiday's eye is drawn to a kebab restaurant. Not because of his hunger for a meat-filled pita bread, [...]

Face food2016-08-19T11:03:13+02:00

‘A’ change


Facebook changed its logo, which was originally designed in 2005. Well, changed... It's a very subtle alternation. Can you spot the differences? There's an 'a' change! With this subtle change, Facebook aims to modernize its logo and make it appear [...]

‘A’ change2015-07-03T07:35:03+02:00

So many books, so little time


Vermont (USA) start-up Designbook revealed that it had been approached by lawyers from social-networking giant Facebook, pushing it to change its name. Facebook has filed an opposition to the trademark "Designbook" at the US Patent and Trademark Office. In its [...]

So many books, so little time2015-06-10T06:45:29+02:00

Thumbs up


Facebook has recently filed an opposition against a 'thumbs up' logo, filed in the European Union for - amongst others - clothing. Probably Facebook found this logo to be an unmistakable copy of its 'thumbs up' mark, registered (in combination [...]

Thumbs up2015-04-30T07:14:55+02:00

Brand Re-versioning


Always fun... mashing up famous logo's. Still recognisable, but sometimes you end up a brand-schizophrenic. "Brand Re-versioning" is what graphic artist Graham Smith calls it. Do you recognise them all?

Brand Re-versioning2015-03-23T19:37:00+01:00

Victorious Facebook


Defensive trademark registrations of parts of your mark? Facebook does not need them as Facebook has no problem at all to defend its brand. Two recent oppositions were won gloriously. Remarkably, both oppositions concerned another wordelement in Facebook. In the [...]

Victorious Facebook2014-07-29T07:08:06+02:00

Facebook in Spain


Facebook remains one of the most popular social media. A popular trademark is everything you can wish as a trademark holder but it brings some negative side effects with it. For example, free riders. Good trademark protection is therefore a [...]

Facebook in Spain2014-03-04T08:55:38+01:00

Facebook not happy with Facelook


A hair salon in Dubai called Facelook can expect a severe letter, sent by Facebook. Although Facebook is still studying on this matter, it is clear that they do not appreciate the name and logo of this hair salon. According [...]

Facebook not happy with Facelook2013-07-23T07:05:04+02:00
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