Cadbury May Preserve Purple Wrapper Rights in UK

On October 16, 2012, in Case Law, News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

Submitted by Jessica Vaianisi. UK-based chocolate company, Cadbury, was successful in preserving its pending application for the colour purple (Pantone 2685c) in association with milk chocolate.  Nestlé had appealed to UK’s High Court, challenging the UK Intellectual Property Office’s 2008 decision to award Cadbury exclusive use of the distinctive purple for its wrappers, arguing that “colours […]

Should Colour be Accorded Trade-mark Protection in the Fashion Industry? Louboutin’s “Lacquered Red Sole” Trade-mark in Jeopardy in U.S.

On April 16, 2012, in Case Law, News, Trademarks, by Paula Clancy

In 2008, shoe designer Christian Louboutin was granted a U.S. trade-mark registration for “a lacquered red sole on footwear” as applied to “women’s high fashion designer footwear” (U.S. Reg. No. 3,361,597).   Louboutin’s red-soled shoes have become famous worldwide, as well as highly sought after by celebrities and fashionistas alike.  However, Louboutin’s U.S. trade-mark registration […]