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Pity poor Anheuser-Busch. First, having chosen Budweiser as the name of a beer manufactured a long, long way from Budweis, the company found itself embroiled in litigation against a Czech brewery from the little town of Budweis. Now, having chosen the name Belle-Vue for a brand, it finds itself facing unwelcome competition from microbrewery Belleville. Would you confuse the two? The full tale can be read in last week's Daily Mail here, The Belleville bunch are parents of children at the Belleville school in Wandsworth, London, who are now prudently looking for a new name. Says Merpel: the funny thing is that most serious beer drinkers didn't confuse the two Budweisers, despite their identical names, because they knew that there were two beers of the same name and could tell them apart. However, because neither Belle-Vue nor Belleville are so well known and they are quite similar, confusion is likely -- at least if they are ordered by phone. A katpat to Gerry Gavigan for alerting us to this item.
here. It appears however that the same technique -- whether legally protected or not -- was already out there as early as 2010. Is there IP protection for a technique for editing video footage, and should there be? This Kat expects that many of his readers have firm positions on these issues.
adjudication against Trademark Renewal Service Ltd, this company being one of the scammers that seek to extract money from regular businesses by sending out renewal letters that create the impression that they are official. Upholding the complaint made against the company, the ASA simply concludes that its future mailing should not go out in its current form, which implies that "it was official correspondence from a company affiliated with the IPO". This Kat thinks that it should not be difficult for the company to comply with that request and still tempt businesses to part unnecessarily with unconscionable sums of money. A katpat goes to Chris Rycroft for supplying this link.