The cute, furry subject of many trademark battles, Knut the polar bear, died last week at the Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Berlin). Zoo officials said that “distinctive anomalies at the brain” may have led to his sudden death.
Famously photographed for Vanity Fair magazine, the 4-year-old bear was the inspiration for several trademark registrations, including two for the Berlin Zoo that reportedly doubled the value of the Zoo’s stock shares. Birgit Clark’s article in the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice summarizes the trademark issues involved with the marketing of high profile zoo animals.
Rest in peace, Knut. You can leave a message on the Zoo’s condolence book here.