‘Slay in Your Lane’ authors disgruntled by BBC
201905.30
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‘Slay in Your Lane’ authors disgruntled by BBC

The BBC has come under fire this week after it has been accused of trade mark infringement in its new women’s sport promotion. The promotion in question depicts the image of British athlete, Dina Asher-Smith, taking a lead against other sprinters on an athletics track with the wording ‘SLAY IN YOUR LANE’ emblazoned across the…

201905.10
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For Guns N’ Roses it isn’t all Rosé

Guns N’ Roses, the legendary rock band, is suing the Oskar Blues Brewery for trade mark infringement in the US. Like most musicians the iconic rock band owns a great many trademarks for various images and phrases associated with it, including, of course, “Guns N’ Roses”. In 2018 when the Oskar Blues Brewery began selling…

LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint
201904.29
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LEGO awarded infringing domains following UDRP complaint

LEGO has succeeded in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). WIPO’s UDRP complaint procedure is a streamlined and efficient way for rights-holders to prevent infringement in domain names. The upsides of the procedure over traditional litigation are quite simple: it is cheaper, quicker, and one of the…

Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition
201904.10
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Applicant strikes back at Marvel trade mark opposition

Battles are usually illustrated in comic books, however, recent intellectual property news tells us of a trade mark opposition battle between comic book companies, Goode Enterprise Solutions Limited and Marvel. In March 2018, Goode Enterprise Solutions, filed a US trade mark application for ‘Return of the Guardians’ covering classes 16, 25 and 41; notably comic…

Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court
201904.04
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Peppa Pig succeeds at the EU General Court

The EU figurative trade mark for the well-known children’s character, Peppa Pig,  has prevailed in a three-year invalidity battle against an EU figurative trade mark for what is described as a ‘tapir head on a human body’ teamed with the wording “TOBBIA” (“the Tobbia sign”). The Peppa Pig sign depicts the pig in black and…

Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians
201902.27
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Hair Bear Bunch of Kardashians

The wider Kardashian family (including younger sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner) do not seem to be able to stay out of the intellectual property news lately. Perhaps that is because when they throw their hefty social media weight behind something, it inevitably becomes a target for opportunist copycats and infringers. Perhaps, however, it is because…