Swatch to Michael Kors: That's Our Trademark

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In a new trademark battle with Michael Kors, Swatch is laying claim to its name in opposition of Kors’ new “Access” Smartwatch. In a recently-filed matter with the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) – a body within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) responsible for hearing and deciding certain kinds of trademark cases, including oppositions and appeals – the Switzerland-based watch company is attempting to block Michael Kors from federally registering its “MICHAEL KORS ACCESS” trademark.

Swatch’s move to stop Michael Kors from federally registering its “MICHAEL KORS ACCESS” trademark comes on the heels of Kors filing an application with the USPTO to register the ACCESS trademark in classes 9 and 14, which extend to wearable tech designs (and all parts that comprise the devices) and “watches and parts thereof.”

As you may know, in the United States, before a trademark may be registered with the USPTO (and therefore enforced on a nationwide basis by the trademark holder, as opposed to simply a state by state basis for non-federally registered marks), a number of requirements must be satisfied. The mark must be published in the Official Gazette – a weekly publication of the USPTO – to give others a chance to oppose it. After said mark is published, any party who believes it may be damaged by registration of the mark has thirty days from the publication date to file either an opposition to registration or request to extend the time to oppose. The application will then enter the next stage of the registration process if no opposition is filed or the opposition filed is unsuccessful.

According to Swatch’s Notice of Opposition, which it filed with the TTAB this past week, New York-based Michael Kors’ Access trademark is “confusingly similar to [Swatch’s own] SWATCH ACCESS trademark and is likely, when applied to the goods of [Kors], to cause confusion, or to cause mistake or to deceive.” (Confusion is, after all, the core inquiry in determining whether a mark should be registered with the USPTO).

Swatch – which describes itself as an “innovative company which has associated its marks with a range of goods” – alleges that “consumers encountering [Kors’] mark and goods are likely to believe that such goods originate from, or are authorized or sponsored by [Swatch], in view of the similarities between [Swatch’s] mark and goods and [Kors’] mark and goods.” Moreover, the company claims that it has “acquired considerable and valuable goodwill and wide-scale recognition for its marks.”

Swatch goes on to state that it has “used its SWATCH mark on watches for over thirty (30) years, and has used its mark on goods incorporating enhanced functionalities since at least as early as 1996.”  This includes numerous federally registered trademarks that apply to an array of classes of goods/services.

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The New Michael Kors Sloan Bag

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By Lau  /  April 7, 2016

Denim has well and truly shed it’s uncool status. The new Michael Kors Sloan Bag embraces the trend for the new season – it’s now available in quilted denim and a chevron pattern. Britney and Justin would be proud. 

At first sight, the Sloan resembles the classic Chanel Boy until you realise it’s compartment galore on the inside. With several interior pockets to hold your phone, cards, lipstick and compact, it’s the perfect excuse to ditch your oversized tote for a compact that carries the essentials. michaelkors_sloanbag2_ss16_butterboom


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Michael Kors Holiday Collection

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michael_kors_holiday-2014-collectionWhen it comes to creating stuff we didn’t know we wanted until we set our eyes upon them, Michael Kors is king, especially when they all come with affordable price tags that won’t hurt our wallets much. And with the festive season just around the corner, the American everything-also-have powerhouse has thoughtfully created 5 capsule collections, each named after a world city or a drool-worthy resort destination with merchandise curated for each locale. From Saint Tropez‘s gold on gold on gold (my eyes did hurt after a while) to London’s quilted leather beauties, Tokyo (shown above) is perhaps my favourite, what with a balanced offering of bling, crystals and studs to see ourselves into the new year.

From the studded Selma (SGD499) to the Nadine slip-ons (SGD269) that come with crystals arranged into little flowers, you could also pick up the iPhone case (SGD99) and the Curb Chain Necklace (SGD679) for that extra touch of bling. Check them out, along with all the other capsule offerings, now at Michael Kors boutiques located at Scotts Square and VivoCity.

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It Might Be Time to Give MICHAEL Michael Kors Bags Another Chance

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Camo Zip Clutch

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michael_michael_kors_bedford-camo-zip-clutchIf I had to pick just a favourite from everything that’s camo-ed at MICHAEL Michael Kors now, it would be the Bedford Camo Zip Clutch, which was also my travel companion when I was in Bangkok last week. Besides the fact that it comes in camouflage print (for which I’m naturally attracted to, like magpies to shiny trinkets), the pattern is printed on the faux calf hair, which covers the exterior of the zip clutch.

Measuring almost 27 cm across by 14 cm in height, there’s something extra lush about it being in calf hair and all, finished simply with a wrist strap and a small Michael Kors logo in gold, which is the way I like it.

On the inside you’ll find a monogram print on its lining (nay), with multiple slots for cards and cash (yay). Best thing? It only costs SGD269, which is way affordable compared to other brands big on the camouflage trend at the moment.

Now available at MK stores in Scotts Square and VivoCity, you’ll also find a decent selection of bags and more SLGs with the same camouflage print, from compact wallets to large Jet Set totes.

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Michael Kors Daffodil Mirana Drawstring Bucket Bag

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Michael Kors Yellow Mirana Drawstring

There is absolutely nothing mellow about this yellow! Michael Kors once again comes out with a swoonworthy bag, playing off the major spring/summer drawstring bucket bag trend. And there is no exaggeration when I say swoonworthy. This bag is fresh to the shelves over at ShopBop, and there are only two left in the Daffodil! What I love most about the silhouette are the clean lines and classic hardware.

The Mariana is dressed in a vibrant Daffodil yellow leather. Features an easy-access slim patch pocket in front, drawstring top, suede-backed interior with 1 pocket, plus a convenient adjustable cross-body strap.

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