A Multimodal Approach to Meaning-Making in Trademarks

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Resumé

When enterprises go to court to settle disputes over confusable graphic trademarks and intellectual property, they usually present evidence to the nature of the design of the involved marks, which is based on subjective judgment – usually on the part of an appraiser with a professional background in design. On a case-by-case basis, this practice is quite adequate. However, a long-term effort to fight the increasing counterfeiting activity in newly industrialized countries partly relies on systematic and comparable observations of the ways in which infringements come about. This paper presents an attempt at identifying measurable and comparable variables in the two marks involved in the case of Rolls Royce PLC versus PR Chokolade from 2007. More specifically, the paper elaborates on a signographic taxonomy presented by Andreas Stötzner in 2003, and discusses ‘the drawn stroke’, a resource that plays a part in the meaning-making of all graphic trademarks. Using the taxonomy for a detailed analysis of the Rolls Royce and PR marks, the article concludes that – albeit very similar – the marks are different in that the Rolls Royce mark retains a connection with calligraphy and the motor system of the human body, whereas the PR marks is the result of an abstract formalized and stylized use of the same resources known from typography.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftOdense Working Papers in Language and Communication
Sider (fra-til)460-480
Antal sider21
ISSN0906-7612
StatusUdgivet - 2008
BegivenhedInternational Systemic Functional Congress - Odense, Danmark
Varighed: 16 jul. 200720 jul. 2007
Konferencens nummer: 34

Konference

KonferenceInternational Systemic Functional Congress
Nummer34
LandDanmark
ByOdense
Periode16/07/200720/07/2007

Fingeraftryk

trademark
taxonomy
counterfeiting
intellectual property
stroke
resources
present
evidence

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