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…

Hakuna Matata no more for Disney
201812.20
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Hakuna Matata no more for Disney

Hakuna Matata, the Swahili term for ‘no worries’ or ‘no problem’ that became synonymous with Disney classic ‘the Lion King’ is at the centre of a dispute this week in which Disney is accused of colonialism. The phrase, used normally as part of the Swahili language, was featured throughout the 1994 Disney classic in the…

Samsung patents its holographic technology
201812.18
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Samsung patents its holographic technology

For some time now Samsung has been attempting to create a device that projects a hologram. The science behind holography is not necessarily new. A hologram, like a photograph, is a capture of light reflecting off an object, however as a result of the way a hologram is made the object in the photograph appears…

Christmas Party Office Closure 18 December 2018
201812.18
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Christmas Party Office Closure 18 December 2018

McDaniel & Co.’s offices will be closed from 4pm today 18 December 2018 until 10am tomorrow, Wednesday 19 December 2018, as staff are attending our Christmas Party. Callers should be diverted to a main reception telephone line to leave messages. Alternatively messages can be sent via email to legal@mcdanielslaw.com.

UKIPO blows away Superdry’s trade mark opposition
201811.27
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UKIPO blows away Superdry’s trade mark opposition

Superdry, the UK clothing brand, have succeeded in trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Wind Sportswear, a German sportswear brand. The opposition was filed by Wind after Superdry applied to register a UK trade mark for the word marks ‘Windyatcher’, ‘Windtrekker’, ‘Windattacker’, ‘Windhybrid’ and ‘Wind Hybrid’ in class 25 for goods such as clothing, footwear…