EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac
201901.17
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EUIPO takes big bite out of Big Mac

The EUIPO has handed down its judgment in the dispute between Irish fast food chain Supermac’s and McDonald’s. The dispute began in 2017 with Supermac’s arguing that McDonald’s was using its name to prevent Supermac’s expansion into the rest of Europe. The judgment of the Cancellation Division cancels McDonald’s registration of ‘Big Mac’ which was…

Fenty Family at War
201901.16
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Fenty Family at War

Music artist Rihanna has made headlines this week after it has emerged that she is embroiled in a legal battle with her own father. The pop star, famous for music tracks such as ‘Umbrella’ and ‘We Found Love’, launched her own label in 2017 named Fenty (after her surname). Since its inception, the Fenty brand…

Breakfast at Costco
201901.10
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Breakfast at Costco

Back in 2016 we reported on the dispute between luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co (Tiffany) and US wholesaler, Costco.  The article can be read here. The dispute, which arose in 2013, centered around Costco’s use of the word ‘Tiffany’ in its sale of diamond rings.  Tiffany issued proceedings for trade mark infringement arguing that…

Lontex kick Nike with a trade mark infringement claim
201901.04
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Lontex kick Nike with a trade mark infringement claim

Sportswear giant Nike Inc has been accused of trademark infringement by fellow American competitor, Lontex Corporation. Lontex has claimed Nike has used its branding term, ‘Cool Compression’, without permission in its filing at the Pennsylvania Federal Court. Lontex started using the term ‘Cool Compression’ in 2007 and subsequently registered the term as a trademark the…

Smells Like Copyright Infringement
201901.03
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Smells Like Copyright Infringement

Marc Jacobs, the American fashion designer and owner of his own, self-named, fashion brand, has come under fire following the release of his new fashion line, the Redux Grunge Collection. In 1993, Jacobs put Grunge on the fashion map after unveiling a Grunge inspired fashion line during his time working for Perry Ellis. The line…

YouTube and the European Copyright Directive
201901.02
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YouTube and the European Copyright Directive

Back in September we reported on the new European Copyright Directive which was backed by EU lawmakers. The articles can be read here and here. The new legislation aims to protect creators by allowing them to charge those who are copying their work online. Prior to the legislation being backed by EU lawmakers, the draft…