“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off
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“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off

In an intellectual property rights battle playing out on social media, Hotel Chocolat has accused Waitrose of infringing its IP rights by selling a new range of chocolates. Angus Thirlwell (a co-founder of the boutique British chocolatier) has claimed that the supermarket’s new line of chocolate slabs infringes on Hotel Chocolat’s registered designs. He said…

Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition
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Jessica Alba fails in UK trademark opposition

Jessica Alba’s ethical household products business, The Honest Company, has failed to prevent the registration of the mark “Honestly Hope” by the cosmetics brand of the same name. Honestly Hope applied to register the mark for cosmetics and medical oils. The Honest Company sells a range of household goods including cosmetics and shaving products, all…

Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute
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Court walks backwards and forwards in trainer dispute

Circuit Judge Jacqueline Nguyen delivered a contradictory verdict for Adidas in their case against Sketchers at the US District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division. The Court gave Adidas both victory and defeat in the final outcome. The two footwear companies began their dispute in 2015 when Adidas filed a complaint against Sketchers…

Burberry Target ‘check’ trademarks
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Burberry Target ‘check’ trademarks

Burberry has filed a claim against US retail giant Target for infringement of its famous ‘check’ trademarks. Although the claim was only filed last week, the dispute dates back to 2017 when Target launched various ranges of sunglasses, water flasks, luggage and (most importantly) scarves in check patterns. Burberry considered these items to be infringing…

99 Problems: is fraud one?
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99 Problems: is fraud one?

Shawn Carter (or Jay-Z as he is more commonly known) has seen his company Tidal accused of a serious royalties’ fraud. The accusation is made by the Norwegian financial publication Dagens Naeringsliv (“Dagens”), and centres on the allegation that Tidal (a music streaming platform) has been artificially inflating the “user play counts” of songs by…