Cartoons to educate children on copyright law
201801.18
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Cartoons to educate children on copyright law

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a campaign to teach children about copyright infringement and the internet, saying it is a key life skill to learn to respect copyrights and trademarks. The IPO is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and it also acts as an executive agency…

Coffee Rocks gets ground down
201801.17
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Coffee Rocks gets ground down

Starbucks has succeeded in its latest appeal in its opposition of Belgian entrepreneur Hasmik Nersesyan’s application to register a figurative mark for her ‘Coffee rocks’ brand. The EU General Court has annulled a EUIPO decision rejecting the objection filed by Starbucks. Previously, the EUIPO’s Fourth Board of Appeal had determined that the marks were “dissimilar…

Spotify sued over royalties
201801.12
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Spotify sued over royalties

Spotify is reportedly being sued by a music production company, on behalf of its clients, for £1.18 billion, in respect of unpaid royalties for songs hosted on its platform. The news comes amid news that Spotify is preparing for a form of initial public offering, a direct listing, later this year. The Claimant is Wixen,…

Court wakes up and smells the coffee
201712.15
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Court wakes up and smells the coffee

Nestlé, the Swiss food and drink company that boasts over 2000 brands, has taken a knock to its reputation after having one of its 3D trade marks annulled by Germany’s Federal Patents Court. This is not the first time we have reported on Nestlé’s trademark struggles. We previously wrote an article on Nestlé’s unsuccessful attempt…

Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements
201711.24
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Talking Tables interviewed by Real Business over infringements

McDaniel & Co. client Talking Tables Limited, which produces design-led games and party accessories, was recently interviewed for an article on the Real Business website, which can be found at the following link: https://realbusiness.co.uk/law/2017/11/24/classic-case-small-business-ip-infringement/. In the article, Talking Tables set out the importance of taking legal action to protect innovative creations if they are at…

Mr Underbed takes on John Lewis Christmas advert
201711.22
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Mr Underbed takes on John Lewis Christmas advert

Well known author Chris Riddell has enjoyed an increase in sales of his picturebook “Mr Underbed” having pointed out the close resemblance of this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, which features a character called Moz the Monster, to his picturebook. The Guardian reported last week, in an article found at this link, that Mr Riddell…

Fake remembrance poppy goods seized at docks
201711.13
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Fake remembrance poppy goods seized at docks

The Home Office released a statement last Friday concerning the discovery of £150,000 worth of fake poppy branded goods in a shipping consignment from China which was randomly inspected at Tilbury Docks, ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 11 November 2017. According to the statement, the shipment included thousands of items of jewellery, scarves and keyrings…