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Japanese tyre and automotive parts manufacturer Bridgestone has threatened to take legal action against a one-man-band flooring company in Herefordshire over use of the ‘Bridgestone’ company name.

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French car maker Citroen, part of multinational auto manufacturer PSA Group, has accused a new Swedish manufacturer of infringing copyright through the use of a logo that bears a strong resemblance to the logo the French maker has used for years. 
 
The Swedish brand in question, Polestar, used to be a division of Volvo cars but became an independent brand and business three years ago. Whilst still maintaining close ties with Volvo, Polestar focusses on designing and manufacturing plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Polestar already has two products that go but the simple names of 1 and 2, but the trademark dispute with Citroën means that they have been unable to sell the vehicles in France. 

Manchester United and England footballing legend David Beckham, also famous for being married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, is facing a trademark infringement dispute with Italian professional football club Inter Milan.

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Reigning European Cup champions and current runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool FC have failed in their bid to register the word ‘Liverpool’ as part of their wider marketing activities.

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In a recently submitted legal complaint lodged in an American court, the Girl Scouts of the USA have filed a trademark infringement claim against the Boy Scouts of America after the latter organisation recently announced that it would be dropping the word ‘Boy’ from its title and start accepting girls to join the organisation. The Boy Scouts, which accepts children aged between 11 and 17, announced the name change in May this year in connection with its new Scout Me In campaign featuring boys and girls.

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A ruling from the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) earlier this year has confirmed that a distinctive design element commonly found in shoes from high-end designer Christian Louboutin is a valid trade mark registration.

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Simply put, a domain name is your website name, the address on the internet where users can access and see your website. Whilst computers use IP addresses, which are a series of numbers to identify unique devices and locations on the internet, domain names were developed as it is difficult for humans to remember strings of numbers.

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