Louis Vuitton Bag a Trade Mark Victory
201810.22
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Louis Vuitton Bag a Trade Mark Victory

French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, has succeeded in a trade mark infringement battle against The Face Shop for using their famous designs on its products. The Face Shop is a manufacturer and retailer of skincare and cosmetic products. The Defendant company, based in South Korea, is a subsidiary of the multinational corporation, LG. The dispute…

201810.10
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Defeat for Argos in the Court of Appeal

Since July 2015 Argos (the catalogue retailer) has been embroiled in a trademark and domain dispute with Argos Systems (“Systems”), a US software company. Argos accused Systems of infringing its trademarks by using Google AdWords to promote its domain www.argos.com. The argument was quite a complex one. Systems only operates in North and South America,…

Lidl bag a mixed result from the EUIPO
201809.19
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Lidl bag a mixed result from the EUIPO

Lidl, the German discount supermarket chain, received a mixed bag of news last week from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). In short, Lidl’s attempts to revoke a trademark were successful but at the same time an opposition against Lidl’s own trade mark was only partly dismissed. In 2008, Lidl made an application to…

Prince’s Estate Files Infringement Claims Over Unauthorised Music
201809.10
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Prince’s Estate Files Infringement Claims Over Unauthorised Music

The estate of American singer song-writer, Prince, has filed a copyright and trade mark infringement claim against European individuals and companies including Lovesigne, House Quake and Eye Records. The estate has alleged that the defendants have been selling bootleg versions of the artist’s famous music. In relation to music, bootlegging is the illegal and unofficial…

Procter & Gamble Attempt To Lure In Millennials
201808.24
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Procter & Gamble Attempt To Lure In Millennials

Unusual marketing techniques are often employed to get people’s attention.  Consumers, who are often inundated with advertisements, are more likely to remember something surprising and unusual and as a result the product or service is more likely to make an impression. For a brand, unusual marketing techniques can increase sales and levels of recognition amongst…

AFTV? It’s all about Arsenal
201808.14
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AFTV? It’s all about Arsenal

Arsenal Fan TV is one of the most popular football fan channels on YouTube. Robbie Lyle who hosts the show is an internet sensation and has gathered over 800,000 subscribers since launching the channel in 2012. Other fan channels have sprung up copying the model for other clubs. Robbie regularly uploads unscripted interviews with guests…

Is MMA as popular as football?
201808.14
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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:…