Munchkin Bathe in Success
201911.25
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Munchkin Bathe in Success

The Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC), which sits under the Business & Property Court umbrella, has dismissed Shnuggle Ltd’s Design infringement claim against US competitor Munchkin Inc. Shnuggle alleged the design of Munchkin’s Sit and Soak bath infringes two of its Registered Community Designs, as well as its UK Unregistered Design Right. Shnuggle, based in…

Instagram is the “top showcase platform for counterfeiters”
201905.07
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Instagram is the “top showcase platform for counterfeiters”

Ghost Data, the data analysis and AI analytics firm, last month released a report entitled “Instagram and counterfeiting in 2019: new features, old problems”. You can read the entire report here. As the manufacturing quality of counterfeit products has improved, so too has their accessibility. There are two main types of counterfeit product consumer: the…

BabaBing goes after BabaBad Aldi
201905.01
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BabaBing goes after BabaBad Aldi

In March 2018, McDaniel & Co client and award-winning designer and manufacturer of baby products, BabaBing, launched its Mani baby changing backpack. Like most of BabaBing’s products, the Mani is a carefully designed backpack which encompasses a number of specific design features aimed at allowing the bag to function as either a stylish tote bag…

Hague System extended to the UK
201806.15
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Hague System extended to the UK

On 13 June 2018 the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (a mouthful) came in to effect in the UK. What this means is that it is now possible to designate the UK as a jurisdiction under the Hague system of design registration. The Hague system is…

“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off
201805.22
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“Slabgate” escalates but proceedings may be some way off

In an intellectual property rights battle playing out on social media, Hotel Chocolat has accused Waitrose of infringing its IP rights by selling a new range of chocolates. Angus Thirlwell (a co-founder of the boutique British chocolatier) has claimed that the supermarket’s new line of chocolate slabs infringes on Hotel Chocolat’s registered designs. He said…