MTN Most Admired and Most Valuable African Brand

November 28, 2014

Tweet Telecommunications company MTN took the top spot in the Brand Africa 100 list as the most admired and most valuable African brand. The company is valued at more than $5.4 billion and is the only African brand valued over $1 billion. In the overall survey rankings, Apple was named the most valuable non-African brand […]

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Rubik’s Cube Trademark Challenge Dismissed

November 25, 2014

Tweet The General Court of the European Union yesterday dismissed a claim by German manufacturer Simba Toys GmbH to cancel the Rubik’s Cube trademark. Simba had applied to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market in 2006 for the cancellation of the three-dimensional trademark claiming that it was solely a “technical solution” which can […]

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DC Comics Claims Valencia’s Bat Infringes Batman Trademark

November 24, 2014

Tweet DC Comics has filed a complaint with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market against Spanish football club Valencia CF claiming that its use of a bat on its crest (pictured below) constitutes trademark infringement. The bat has been used on the city of Valencia’s crest since the 13th century when a bat, […]

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Wawa Convenience Stores Sues Florida Restaurant for Trademark Infringement

November 20, 2014

Tweet Wawa, the American convenience store chain, is suing a Florida restaurant called Wawa Curry Taste of India for “violating its rights to the name.” The restaurant’s owner, Yogi Patel, says the restaurant’s name comes from a Gujerati phrase meaning “good job” or “congratulations.” The lawsuit claims that the restaurant’s use of the Wawa name […]

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Beware Counterfeit Ads in Your Holiday Shopping Frenzy

November 18, 2014

Tweet Nearly 25% of 1,000 fashion and luxury goods ads on Facebook turned out to be for counterfeit products, including Ray Ban sunglasses, Louis Vuitton bags, and Ralph Lauren polo shirts, according to a new study by two cybersecurity researchers reported on Mashable. Although the ads and their URLs may look legitimate, be aware that […]

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NgTLD Update: New Domain Block Debuts, New TLD Launches & More

November 17, 2014

Tweet Here is a round-up of the latest new gTLD news: You may be interested to learn that one the biggest registry operators, Minds + Machines, will launch its own “MPML,” for Minds + Machines’ Protected Marks List. As with Donuts and Rightside Registry’s DPML blocks, MPML will provide brand owners with the opportunity to […]

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Germany Pushes U.S. Out of Top Spot in Nation Brands Index

November 17, 2014

Tweet After five consecutive years in the #1 spot, the United States fell to second place behind Germany in this year’s Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Thanks to its FIFA World Cup win this year, and the country’s economic and political leadership in Europe, Germany has the best national brand image in the world. It last […]

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Canadian Court Denies Review of “Obscene” Trademark

November 13, 2014

Tweet First there’s Susan Fiedler, a Vancouver jewelry designer who began making “F**k Cancer” bracelets back in 2008 after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Then there’s Yael Cohen, who founded the “F Cancer” organization in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and then joined forces with another fundraising organization called “F**k […]

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Major 2014 Logo Changes: Have You Spotted Any of These?

November 12, 2014

Tweet Business Insider writes about the changes that have been made to several major companies’ logos that you may not have even noticed yet. Among them are Viagra, which changed its packaging in Russia to include a very prominently vertical “A” in its name. Next time you fly on Southwest Airlines you might feel a […]

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Brand Marketing Trends: What’s Ahead for 2015?

November 10, 2014

Tweet Where does the time go? 2015 is fast upon us and marketing pundits have started publishing those Top 5, Top 10, Top 20, and Top Everything You Ever Need to Know lists about brand marketing trends for the new year. First up is “Top 5 Social Media Trends for Brands to Watch in 2015” […]

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