Trump Nyets Russian Trade Mark Extensions
201706.20
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Trump Nyets Russian Trade Mark Extensions

President Trump has faced repeated controversy over alleged ties to Russia and he has consistently maintained that he has no business links with Russia. It has emerged this week however that Rospatent (the Russian Intellectual Property Office) have renewed Trump’s trade marks in the country despite them not having been used. According to The New…

SONY Has A Sad Face Over Emoji Movie Dispute
201706.13
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SONY Has A Sad Face Over Emoji Movie Dispute

This year, Sony Picture Studios, the American Entertainment Company, are planning on releasing a new film entitled ‘The Emoji Movie’. For those of you not familiar with the term ‘emoji’, they are small digital images used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.  Following Apple’s inclusion of emoji’s in their devices, they have…

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…

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…

Miss Universe Trade Mark Lawsuit Could Turn Ugly
201705.22
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Miss Universe Trade Mark Lawsuit Could Turn Ugly

It emerged last week that IMG universe, the company behind the Miss Universe Pageant, has commenced legal proceedings against Czech Republic based company Diamonds International Corp (DIC), the company responsible for creating the events much sought after crowns. IMG, International Management Group, is a global sports and talent management company. Its parent company William Morris…