Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation
201801.31
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Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation

Collective Management Organisations (“CMO’s”) are licensing bodies which grant rights on behalf of multiple holders in a single license for a single payment. Rights holders will generally join a CMO as members and instruct it to issue licenses on their behalf. CMO’s are generally not-for-profit and are run by their members, taking a deduction from…

Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes
201801.30
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Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes

A law published on 17 January 2018 in Greece will bring with it wholesale changes to the resolution of intellectual property disputes in the country. From 18 October 2018 the claiming party in trademark, patent and industrial design disputes will have to request the appointment of a mediator from the Central Mediation Authority – which…

Bad faith ruling in ALEXANDER appeal
201801.29
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Bad faith ruling in ALEXANDER appeal

Geoffrey Hobbs QC has refused an application on appeal to register ALEXANDER as a UK trademark for mirrors and picture frames for the applicant CKL Holdings NV. Mr Michael Gleissner is the owner of the Dutch business and is infamous in trademark circles, having previously made large-scale cancellation actions. The application was opposed by Paper…

Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case
201801.26
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Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case

The owners of Tardar Sauce, the name of the internet breaking, meme-generating Grumpy Cat have been awarded £500,000 in damages in a recent copyright case. Grumpy Cat Limited (who own Tardar Sauce’s image rights) have sued Grenade Beverage (a US coffee company) for use that extended beyond their 2013 agreement. After the permanently frowny feline…

The Merckiest depths of social media
201801.24
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The Merckiest depths of social media

The long running litigation between Merck KGaA (“Merck Global”) and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp & Others (“Merck US”) over the disputed mark MERCK and the targeting of websites at the UK and the rest of the world is now likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The Court of Appeal have remitted the case…

Cartoons to educate children on copyright law
201801.18
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Cartoons to educate children on copyright law

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a campaign to teach children about copyright infringement and the internet, saying it is a key life skill to learn to respect copyrights and trademarks. The IPO is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and it also acts as an executive agency…

Coffee Rocks gets ground down
201801.17
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Coffee Rocks gets ground down

Starbucks has succeeded in its latest appeal in its opposition of Belgian entrepreneur Hasmik Nersesyan’s application to register a figurative mark for her ‘Coffee rocks’ brand. The EU General Court has annulled a EUIPO decision rejecting the objection filed by Starbucks. Previously, the EUIPO’s Fourth Board of Appeal had determined that the marks were “dissimilar…

Spotify sued over royalties
201801.12
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Spotify sued over royalties

Spotify is reportedly being sued by a music production company, on behalf of its clients, for £1.18 billion, in respect of unpaid royalties for songs hosted on its platform. The news comes amid news that Spotify is preparing for a form of initial public offering, a direct listing, later this year. The Claimant is Wixen,…