Trademark Watch: Pluto vs. Pluko, Snap Inc. vs. Snap Interactive


Pluto (Disney)

Pluto, the stage name of 16-year-old EDM DJ/musician Sam Martinsen, rebranded to Pluko after Disney sued over resemblance to Pluto, Mickey Mouse‘s cartoon dog.

Snap Interactive, quietly settling with Snap Inc. over trademark infringement, changes name to PeerStream.

Amazon came under fire this week for banning the sale of official Google Chromecasts while selling copycat or fake devices.

Bacardi accused of “scare tactics” in an ongoing trademark battle related to the company’s Angel’s Envy Bourbon.

China exceeded 5 million trademark applications in 2017—the most in the world for the 17th consecutive year.

Goldman Sachs issues notice to Bitman Sachs in India for trademark violation.

Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation filed to dismiss Iconix Brand Group‘s Rocaware licensing lawsuit.

Pharrell Williams trademarksGirl” for apparel and music.

The International Chamber of Commerce this week launched an initiative to combat the problem of counterfeit goods being transported by international shipping companies.

• The USPTO launches pilot program to tackle fraudulent trademark applications.

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