Australian manufacturer in UGG battle
201710.18
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Australian manufacturer in UGG battle

Outside of Australia, a lot of people would associate the name ‘ugg’ with the UGG footwear brand known for producing, amongst other products, sheepskin boots (UGG). UGG is a division of American company Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Deckers). In Australia, however, the word ‘ugg’ has been used as a generic term for sheepskin boots for years….

Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright
201710.17
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Aboriginal artist’s family battle for copyright

Albert Namatjira, the Australian aboriginal artist who died in 1959, made headlines this week after it was announced that the copyright in his artwork has finally been returned to his family. Namatjira was known for the geography he depicted in his paintings, including the mountains and valleys of the Australian outback, as well as the…

Morrisons in court over data breach
201710.10
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Morrisons in court over data breach

Supermarket chain Morrisons is in court this week faced with a lawsuit brought by thousands of current and former employees over a data breach which occurred in 2014. The personal details and payroll data of almost 100,000 employees were posted online after they were stolen by a fellow employee – an auditor at Morrisons’ Bradford…

Levi Strauss sues over red tabs
201710.04
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Levi Strauss sues over red tabs

According to World IP Review, Levi Strauss (Levi’s) is taking Connecticut clothing retailer Vineyard Vines to court in the US for trade mark infringement relating to red tabs attached to the back pockets of jeans, despite those tabs having Vineyard Vines’ logo on. Proceedings were reportedly issued last week in the Northern District of California….

New UKIP logo similar to Premier League logo
201710.02
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New UKIP logo similar to Premier League logo

UKIP’s new logo, a purple representation of a lion’s head, has been compared by many, including Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, to the Premier League logo, which is also a purple representation of a lion. UKIP’s logo was revealed at its party conference in Torquay last week, as the party’s members were invited…

High Court bans fake certificates website
201709.28
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High Court bans fake certificates website

The BBC reported this week that a website, www.replacement-certificates.co.uk (the Website), which reportedly sold fake GCSE and A-level exam certificates has been shut down following an order from the High Court of Justice. The Website now contains a notice of injunction granted in favour of the Joint Council for Qualifications (Council), representing AQA Education, The…

NAKED trade mark dispute
201709.22
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NAKED trade mark dispute

A small bath bomb firm located in Scotland called The Naked Soap Company (Naked) plans to take on global cosmetics company L’Oreal, which has given notice of its intention to oppose Naked’s trade mark application for NAKED (the Mark). The Urban Decay Naked make-up range is owned by L’Oreal, which has indicated that it believes…

Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications
201709.06
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Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications

According to the BBC and several other news organisations, Taylor Swift has applied to register various lyrics from her new single, including the title “Look What You Made Me Do”, as trade marks. The single is Taylor Swift’s first UK number one single. Under UK law, and in all jurisdictions under various guises, there are…