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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

LEGO® Loses Trademark Battle in Europe

Lego has lost its trademark in the European Union--Well, sort of.

Today, the Independent, an British newspaper reported as a headline in its business section that Lego lost its trademark in Europe.  While this is accurate, it doesn't really tell the whole story.  The trademark that was recently cancelled by the tribunal was actually related to the shape of the block, not the term LEGO.

What this all means is that competitors to LEGO are now free to make LEGO-type blocks that have the same shape.  However, they can't use the name LEGO.

For the full article online see: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/lego-loses-trademark-battle-2079389.html

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