- Red Bull are a bunch of corporate bullies (microbrewery content)
What a bunch of corporate bully boys! Shocking behaviour.
Looks like we’ll have to buy some beer and continue to avoid the dodgy caffeine drinks.
Great quotes from the 8 man brewery “we’re not planning to move into Formula One or send a man skydiving from space very soon”Posted 6 years agobailsSubscriber
On a related note, how do Red Bull have so much money? They do a ridiculous amount of stuff (F1 and various other motorsport teams, they own a load of football teams, Flugtag, Rampage, cliff diving, taking people into space etc) Is it simply just profit from the drink?Posted 6 years agoglupton1976Member
A letter from Hansjorg Jeserznik, Red Bull’s brand enforcement manager, said the brewery’s mark was “highly similar” to Red Bull’s earlier trademark of RED and its application covered goods in the same marketplace in which it was competing.
How the hell can you trademark a colour? Such as Red or indeed Orange?
Celeste I can understand, but not a common colour like red. The lunatics taken over the asylum?Posted 6 years agojoemarshallMember
On a related note, how do Red Bull have so much money? They do a ridiculous amount of stuff (F1 and various other motorsport teams, they own a load of football teams, Flugtag, Rampage, cliff diving, taking people into space etc) Is it simply just profit from the drink?
You know when you see the documentary about the man going into space on the TV. The TV channel pays them for that.
You know when 7 million people or whatever watch the man jumping from space on their website, that’s 7 million people watching 30 minutes of advertising. Goodness knows how much that would cost to buy in any other form.
Their stated aim is that the media & brand activities should aim to make a profit. Apparently they don’t get there yet, but they aren’t purely paying for them out of drink profits, their media arm makes quite a lot of money (they sell things like playback rights on the videos, images etc.), albeit not as much as it spends.Posted 6 years agooldagedpredatorSubscriber
I wonder if owners of the assorted Red Well Inns and public housed could combine to make a counter claim against Red Bull. They obviously pre-date said rocket fuel and have a greater claim to the trade name. That’s before we get to the potential confusion with the various Black Bulls. Never mind the Red Bulls which there seem to be a few of.Posted 6 years agojohn_drummerMember
there was talk recently about a possible deal between Leeds United and Red Bull. Having seen what RB have done with Austria Salzburg and the baseball team now known as New York Red Bulls, that idea was extremely unpopular in Leeds.Posted 6 years ago
Turned out to be a non-story – so far anywayzilog6128Subscriber
Over zealous brand protection department trying to justify their salaries.
not necessarily. If a company doesn’t defend it’s trademarks then this can set a precedent for future (possibly more important) cases and make them harder to defend against. Sucks to be the little guy in this case, but you can understand why RB aren’t willing to potentially jeopardise a multi-million dollar brand by going easy on them.Posted 6 years agoRamsey NeilMember
I want to know how they get away with saying it gives you wings in the adverts when it clearly doesn’t . Hopefully 1 day somebody will jump out of a 10th floor window after drinking Red Bull , splatter themselves and the family sue Red Bull for misleading advertising .Posted 6 years agoJoeGSubscriber
Park trademarks their blue for bike tools. Pedro’s is black and yellow, though less market share, and I assume that they trademarked that as well.
Therefore, if I decide to start selling bike tools, they can’t be blue or black and yellow as that might cause confusion among the bike tool buying public. But if I do start selling tools in one of those color schemes, it is up to Park or Pedro’s to defend their trademark. No doubt, a letter from a lawyer is the first step. A lawsuit may follow if the owner of the trademark can’t be convinced that there isn’t an infringement issue.
The color trademarks mentioned above only applies to the business sector of bike tools, though. For instance, the Pittsburgh Steelers (football) and Pittsburgh Pirated (baseball) teams both have had black and gold as their team colors for 70-100 years; long before Pedro’s tools. But they are sports teams, not bike tool manufacturers so no trademark infringement on the part of Pedro’s. And Channellock is a 100+ year old US manufacturer of tools (but not bike tools) and they use blue grips and such. And the name Channellock is trademarked…Posted 6 years agotrail_ratMember
reminds me of when sainsburys the supermarket tried to say that local department store of the same name was infringing the rights of the name.
mr sainsbury the owner of the department store ignored it right up till court then went in to court with the stores history and its been there trading under the family name in the town since long before sainsburys existed as a supermarket.
OopsPosted 6 years agoCountZeroMember
X Tools are blue? Does the shade of blue make a difference?
Possibly, if it was a dark blue. Businesses usually have a specific Pantone colour mix for their logo, etc, but to say that BLUE is part of their trade dress is a bit nebulous. It looks like out of the can cyan to me, rather than, say, PMS162, or whatever. (not sure what PMS162 actually is, that’s just a number off the top of my head).Posted 6 years agopeterfileMember
I’ve been thinking about this, seems like opportunistic marketing by the brewery.
Big companies like Red Bull will send out hundreds of cease and desist letters every week, to try and maintain some semblance of control over the constant infringement (or perceived infringement anyway) of their IP rights.
Chances are, some low ranking employee is charged with putting together a list of “people we could/should have a chat with” and the in house lawyer/legal monkey has sent out a cease and desist letter.
Brewery owner opens it, is initially shocked, then realises this is reasonably newsworthy and calls a couple of media outlets. A couple of the nice, small team later and you’ve got an article which ticks all the right boxes for the newspaper and the marketing dept of the brewery (which no one would have heard of, but for this mountain-molehill thing)
Well done them if that’s correct 🙂Posted 6 years ago
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