Today, I posted on The IPKat about Ford Motor Company’s recent trademark troubles in Russia as the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) denied Ford well-known trademark protection for its company name and iconic blue oval logo. Particularly, I discussed how Ford’s denial of well-known trademark protection was not such a result of Russia’s precarious IP protection environment, or even Ford’s non-use of their name or logo in Russia, but that it likely failed to comply with Rospatent’s procedural registration requirements.
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In April, I reported in The IPKat about how Disney and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 were in a U.S. trademark dispute over Deadmau5’s mouse head logo which Disney claims is confusingly similar to Mickey Mouse. This dispute has since escalated as Disney filed a Notice of Opposition with the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to request that Deadmau5’s logo be rejected registration,while Deadmau5 has made counter accusations that Disney infringed one of his songs and a number of his U.S. and international trademark registrations in an online video featuring none other than Mickey Mouse himself.