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Brand News: NASCAR, Microsoft, GSK and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 11, 2014 09:16 AM

TOP STORIES

Amazon halts some movie preorders in dispute with Disney.

GlaxoSmithKline nears clinical trial of ebola vaccine.

McDonald's reported worst monthly sales results in more than a decade as China meat scare whacks results.

Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC debate in new Surface Pro 3 ad campaign.

NASCAR and sponsors grapple with Tony Stewart weekend tragedy.

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adidas faces uphill battle for cool with Nike, which sees Rory McIlroy build acclaim (and justify brand's $200 million bet) with thrilling PGA Open win.

Alibaba cleans up "gray market" for brand-owners including Kering.

Annie's is energized by frozen-food launches.

Apple's Apple University design academy revealed in rare profile.

Aunt Jemima heirs file $2 billion suit against PepsiCo and Quaker Oats.

Bear Grylls backs down in trademark tussle with knife-maker.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Starbucks, Medtronic, Univision and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 16, 2014 08:48 AM

TOP STORIES

Starbucks makes a bold commitment to education with College Achievement Plan for employees.

Medtronic buys Covidien for $42.9 billion and renounces US tax status.

Univision is for sale for $20 billion.

Amazon is expected to unveil its own smartphone this week.

Ben & Jerry's goes GMO-free.

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Adobe returns to US TV after decade break with latest spot.

Alibaba struggles with US branding ahead of IPO.

Cannes Lions festival gets underway with no Grand Prix for pharma.

Casey Kasem, voice of Top 40 radio, dies at 82.

Comcast seeks to replace GE name atop 30 Rock.Continue reading...

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iWatch What Happens: Swatch Defends Trademark Against Apple

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 5, 2014 02:21 PM

As brands embrace wearable tech and personal computing starts moving to the wrist (or other body parts), Apple fans and foes are on the lookout for its much-anticipated “iWatch,” a piece of wearable tech (that may not even be a watch) that has been elevated to such high status that George Jetson would covet it and a veteran luxury marketer—former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts—will help sell it.

It remains to be seen what Apple will eventually turn out, but one thing is now clear: Swatch, the world’s largest watchmaker, is ready to protect its ground. Having kept its lawyers busy chasing Target and Tiffany, the Swiss firm recently filed complaints against Apple’s application for the iWatch trademark, which is now starting to pop up, because it is too similar to its trademarked iSwatch product, according to media outlets including Bloomberg and the London Telegraph

The iWatch trademark was registered by Apple last year in Japan, Mexico, and Turkey. There has been no move to take Apple to court, but Swatch would certainly prefer that Apple not use iWatch for the consumer-facing product when it launches. “We assess the likelihood of confusion as [high], given the marks are confusingly similar. In all countries where the mark is registered” Swatch intends to stop Apple from using the name, a Swatch rep told the Telegraph.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Target, Coca-Cola, Apple, Fiat Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 5, 2014 09:36 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Brands to Watch

Target chairman and CEO resigns in wake of data breach.

Coca-Cola shakes up marketing ranks, and drops controversial ingredient from Powerade.

Apple faces legal challenge by Swatch over iWatch name.

Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne readies five-year plan.

P&G takes legal action in drive to protect Crest Whitestrips.

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Amazon launches #AmazonCart so users can shop via Twitter.

AOL revives Moviefone brand with new tech features and marketing push.Continue reading...

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Swatch Calls Time Out on Target with Claims of Infringement

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 11, 2014 06:38 PM

As if Target didn't already have enough lawsuits on its hands, swiss watchmaker Swatch is suing the retailer for ripping off its multicolor and zebra watch designs. 

The brand, which is known for its plastic and colorful wrist pieces, says that Target has been selling "inferior" knock-offs that will confuse consumers and hurt its brand, Reuters reports

America’s second-largest retailer declined comment on the case but did say it respects trademark rights and expects others to do so as well. Swatch would like Target to discontinue sales of the watches.Continue reading...

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Year of the Horse: Brands Go Hay-Crazy for Chinese Zodiac

Posted by Abe Sauer on January 10, 2014 11:42 AM

The Year of the Snake is on the way out, soon to be replaced by the Year of the Horse. And while brandchannel recently touched on a few new equine-branded products (like ST Dupont's limited “Horse Prestige” lighter), here is a much expanded look at the fashion, food, footwear and other goods that are looking to cash in on "马年," The Year of the Horse.

A sign associated with leadership, but not much wealth, global brands are rushing out of the gate to grab a piece of the celebrations, ranging from retail and packaged goods to food and alcohol. As can be expected, luxury brands rarely let an opportunity pass to produce something special for the lucratrive China market. For instance, DKNY has an equine collection and Armani Exchange is offering a Year of the Horse t-shirt. Of course, label-conscious Chinese consumers will have much more to indulge in as January—and the year—moves on.Continue reading...

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Tiffany Will Empty its Pockets to Pay Swatch for Botched Joint Venture

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 23, 2013 12:02 PM

The Tiffany & Co./Swatch joint venture that was formed back in 2007 has been dissected in the courts for the past two years and has finally come to an end, with an arbitration panel telling Tiffany & Co. to pay $449 million to Swatch. One member of the panel offered up a dissenting opinion, saying that Swatch’s claim should have been dismissed, according to the Wall Street Journal, but the other two panelists disagreed. 

As happy as Swatch might be with the payout, the breakup has left both parties a bit sour. As Forbes reports, Tiffany & Co. wanted a company with watch expertise to take over its still-new luxury-watch business that made up a small percentage of its annual overall take and Swatch wanted to have a high-end jewelry-watch brand as part of its large portfolio of timepieces. After signing what would have been a 20-year deal, it seemed like it would be a boon for the watch industry overall and certainly for the two companies.

But troubled began brewing early on. After the first set of watches were released in 2009, Tiffany didn't seem happy with the mainly-Swatch design. The same went for the 2009 designs, and in 2011, both companies' lawyers jumped in the ring to exchange lawsuits, first against Tiffany, and then against Swatch.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Land Rover, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 23, 2013 09:08 AM

In the News

Apple strikes deal with China Mobile, opening door to world's biggest market.

Land Rover faces big to-do list for new US head.

Target offers 10 percent apology discount this weekend but says there are few reports of fraud from massive consumer-data breach, though its store traffic fell.

Bangladesh garment-factory owners are charged in Tazreen fire that killed 112.

Bitcoin runs into avoidance by banks.

Boeing gives union another chance to vote on new concessionary contract.

Cracker Barrel reverses field and decides to sell Duck Dynasty merchandise again.

Daimler considers building another plant in North America.

Darden faces pressure from another activist shareholder.

Fiat resumes talks with UAW about Chrysler stake.Continue reading...

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