Lumen links land Google into trouble
201706.15
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Lumen links land Google into trouble

The Higher Regional Court of Munich has issued an injunction against Google to stop the search engine linking users to the Lumen database. Lumen collects data relating to legal complaints made online for the removal of information and provides users with the source of the content removal. The judgement is interesting as it goes one…

Australian tennis star in court battle
201706.09
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Australian tennis star in court battle

Two unlikely parties, Australian tennis star Thanasi Kokkinakis and cereal giant, Kellogg’s, have become embroiled in a legal dispute in Australia. But what do these two parties have to argue about? Kellogg’s produces a cereal brand called Special K, which it introduced 1955 in the US and which has become well known globally since.  Special…

Patents: does additional matter matter?
201706.08
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Patents: does additional matter matter?

HHJ Hacon has provided guidance on the impact of adding subject matter to a patent via his judgment in Curt G. Joa, Inc. v Fameccanica Data SpA [2017] EWHC 1251 (IPEC) (Curt).  In Curt, the patent in suit covered disposable absorbent garments, such as a diaper. By way of background, to obtain a patent, applicants…

Protecting trade marks overseas
201706.07
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Protecting trade marks overseas

Jaya Mandelia and Namrita Kochhar of Indian Law Firm, Singh & Singh, have recently written an article, which can be found here, highlighting the problems being faced by brand owners whose marks are known but not yet registered overseas. The increase in on-line retailing and advertising has resulted in brands gaining international exposure.  Trade mark…

What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?
201705.25
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What is the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court?

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) is a specialist court operating within the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The court has existed in some form since 1990 but following a rebranding exercise in October 2013, the IPEC was formally established. The IPEC has jurisdiction over intellectual property cases including patents, trademarks and…

Tinder does not fancy one-man dating app
201705.19
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Tinder does not fancy one-man dating app

Tinder, the location based dating app, has made moves to stop a new dating app from trade marking the name Shinder. The Shinder dating app was created by Shed Simove, described as an author, comedian, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. In creating the app, Simove hoped to find himself a partner. The catch with the Shinder…