Aldi and Lidl take rivalry to court
201903.08
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Aldi and Lidl take rivalry to court

Last month we reported on a story about of an ex-Apple employee accused of stealing trade secrets in relation to Apple’s ‘Project Titan’, or in other words, Apple’s self-driving car project.  The accused in question, Jizhong Chen, raised the alarm after he was spotted taking photographs of confidential information on his work computer by other…

Keeping up with Kylie
201903.07
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Keeping up with Kylie

Kylie Jenner made headlines this week after it was announced that she has become the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire according to Forbes. The news has been received with a mix of opinions; many people questioning whether she can really be titled ‘self-made’ given the privileged background she has came from and others congratulating Kylie…

Dyson Look To Clean Up
201711.16
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Dyson Look To Clean Up

The leading manufacturer of household appliances, Dyson, is bringing a legal claim against their former chief executive Max Conze for an alleged series of breaches, after he stepped down from his role within the company in October. The Dyson board has issued legal action at the High Court of Justice in London. Mr Conze has…

CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer
201708.29
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CMA ‘pings’ fine out to golf retailer

American golf equipment retailer PING has caused controversy by stopping two UK retailers from selling some of its products online. The products in question are golf clubs and PING’s position is that the limitation relating to online sales comes down to their desire to offer custom fitting of clubs to each golfer’s needs. Custom fitting,…

Atari and KitKat to break it down in court
201708.18
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Atari and KitKat to break it down in court

Atari has issued proceedings in the US against Nestlé relating to intellectual property in one of its historic games. The claim relates to Atari’s game “Breakout”, a famous computer game introduced in the 1970s, the key elements of which Atari claims are reproduced in Nestlé’s new KitKat advertising campaign. The KitKat advert depicts a group…

UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action
201704.04
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UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action

Possibly the most well-known technology company in the world, Apple, plans to discontinue the use of its current graphics technology supplier, Imagination Technologies (Imagination). The UK firm provides Apple with chip technology used in products including iPhones, iPads and iPods, under a licensing agreement. It has been reported that Apple wants to create its own…

Counterfeit Spirits and Wine – Better have a Stiff Drink!
201608.01
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Counterfeit Spirits and Wine – Better have a Stiff Drink!

The health risk of counterfeit alcohol is something many people will be aware of, indeed we have reported on it in the past – see article entitled “Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry Makes the Sector Sick“.  However, most people do not consider the economic cost and damage that may be caused by the…

Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?
201607.25
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Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?

In an age where the importance and influence of the internet on retail is continuously on the rise, retailers, particularly those of brands aiming to build a reputation of luxury, may find themselves wondering to what extent they can stop or control how customers and distributors sell their products. The outcome of a recent referral…

Putting the Consumer in the Brand
201607.20
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Putting the Consumer in the Brand

Consumers have long been draw to specific products due to the ‘brand’.  Brand in this sense encompasses the get up, badges or indicators of origin including registered trade marks.  Individual consumers, particularly those in younger age groups, have recently come to expect bespoke and interactive experiences in terms of how brand owners market and sell…