Australian manufacturer in UGG battle
201710.18
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Australian manufacturer in UGG battle

Outside of Australia, a lot of people would associate the name ‘ugg’ with the UGG footwear brand known for producing, amongst other products, sheepskin boots (UGG). UGG is a division of American company Deckers Outdoor Corporation (Deckers). In Australia, however, the word ‘ugg’ has been used as a generic term for sheepskin boots for years….

High Court bans fake certificates website
201709.28
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High Court bans fake certificates website

The BBC reported this week that a website, www.replacement-certificates.co.uk (the Website), which reportedly sold fake GCSE and A-level exam certificates has been shut down following an order from the High Court of Justice. The Website now contains a notice of injunction granted in favour of the Joint Council for Qualifications (Council), representing AQA Education, The…

NAKED trade mark dispute
201709.22
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NAKED trade mark dispute

A small bath bomb firm located in Scotland called The Naked Soap Company (Naked) plans to take on global cosmetics company L’Oreal, which has given notice of its intention to oppose Naked’s trade mark application for NAKED (the Mark). The Urban Decay Naked make-up range is owned by L’Oreal, which has indicated that it believes…

Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications
201709.06
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Taylor Swift’s trade mark applications

According to the BBC and several other news organisations, Taylor Swift has applied to register various lyrics from her new single, including the title “Look What You Made Me Do”, as trade marks. The single is Taylor Swift’s first UK number one single. Under UK law, and in all jurisdictions under various guises, there are…

Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?
201708.21
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Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?

An interesting case is currently before the US Supreme Court concerning the question of whether the term ‘google’ is now so generic that it is not capable of trade mark protection. The purpose of a trade mark is to distinguish the goods or services of one entity from those of another in the eyes of…

Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
201708.16
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Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement

Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued Costco in 2013 for trade mark infringement. Costco had been selling solitaire style diamond rings displayed with reference ‘Tiffany’ labelling. Tiffany argued that the labelling was misleading to customers while…

Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
201708.02
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Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently ruled on opposition proceedings brought by tyre company Michelin, relying on their earlier trade mark for a stylised letter X registered for ‘Envelopes, inner tubes for pneumatic tyres’ to oppose Continental’s registration for a stylised version of ‘XKING’ for ‘Tyres; Inner tubes for tyres’. Michelin…