Waterfront has been acting for Shark AG in High Court trade mark infringement proceedings against Monster Energy and Coca-Cola. The trial of these proceedings was due to start in the High Court of England and Wales on 7 October 2013. This litigation formed part of larger series of worldwide disputes between the soft drink manufacturers, stretching from Australia, the Far East, Europe and all the way to South America, all concerning the trade marks BRING OUT THE BEAST and UNLEASH THE BEAST.
On 1 October 2013, Waterfront assisted Shark AG in concluding a worldwide co-existence and settlement agreement with Monster Energy, which involved a substantial payment being made by Monster Energy to Shark AG.
A recent EU trade mark application for the word mark, PUT PUTIN IN, has been refused by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on the grounds of being contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality. While a fairly straightforward decision, this is a timely reminder…
Late yesterday UK time, it was reported that a lawyer for Twitter had sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about Meta’s new Threads app. Twitter claimed that it “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, wilful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.