Is MMA as popular as football?
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Is MMA as popular as football?

The question has been pondered by the District Court of The Hague during a battle between McGregor IP (a Dutch fashion brand) and Reebok over the use of the word “McGregor” on clothing. Reebok had been selling t-shirts, shirts, hoodies, and shorts displaying the sign “Conor McGregor”, although the word “Conor” is much less prominent:…

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What’s in a hyphen?

That is the question that Mr Justice David Gendall of the High Court of New Zealand will now have to consider. The case concerns the well-known (in the UK) British breakfast cereal Weetabix and the equally well-known (in Australia and New Zealand) Kiwi breakfast cereal Weet-Bix. The question arises after British expat Lisa Wilson opened…

It’s August: that means Christmas!
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It’s August: that means Christmas!

As we reach the peak of summer we can look forward with excitement to the festive period with a little yuletide copyright litigation. Late last month photographer Lance Knowles filed a claim in South Carolina against the City of Aiken, South Carolina. Knowles is a resident of the city, and in December 2016 shared a…

UEFA Blocking Injunction extended
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UEFA Blocking Injunction extended

We reported  recently that Mr Justice Arnold had extended the Premier League blocking injunction requiring Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) to disable access to illegal streams of Premier League games. You can read that article here. Mr Justice Arnold has now considered another footballing application: to extend his earlier injunction covering illegal streams of UEFA matches….

The Swift Life or SwiftLife?
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The Swift Life or SwiftLife?

US computer consulting company SwiftLife has filed a trademark infringement claim against singer Taylor Swift over a mobile app called “The Swift Life”. Patrick Bénot, who owns SwiftLife, lodged the claim which is also against app developers Glu Games and Glu Mobile. The claim alleges that the Glu companies and Swift launched a social networking…

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Rage Against rage against Farage

Rage Against The Machine (“Rage”), giants of global rock and metal, have accused Nigel Farage of intellectual property infringement over “brazen and unlawful” exploitation of their name and logo. Farage currently hosts a podcast called “Farage Against The Machine”. It does not take an IP specialist to see how this issue arose. A spokesman for…