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Cigarette Manufacturer Trade Mark Appeal Goes Up in Smoke
May 25, 2016
The EU General Court has dismissed an appeal against the rejection of an application to register both the figurative mark and word mark "MARK1" (Marks) in classes 9 and 34 for ciga...
Sweet AROMA for Applicant in Trade Mark Appeal Decision
May 17, 2016
A decision of the EUIPO Board of Appeal has been declared invalid by the EU General Court in relation the word mark "AROMA". Background Mr Peter Chung-Yuan Chang ("applicant") ap...
Cadbury Left Feeling Purple in Trademark Ruling
May 16, 2016
We have previously covered recent case law the long-running legal battles between Nestle and Cadbury. Our article on Cadbury's successful opposition to Nestlé's application for a t...
Directors Defence Blown Apart in Trade Mark and Passing Off Claim
May 12, 2016
A company director has been found jointly liable for trade mark infringement and passing off in claim brought about by a company specialising in sports performance and nutrition. ...
Toys and Sports Articles Lacking in Similarity in Trade Mark Decision
May 11, 2016
On 14 April 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dismissed an appeal to set aside a decision of the EU General Court (EUGC) made in July 2015 in relation to the registration o...
Universal Music and Capital Records Clip the Wings of IFP in Copyright Infringement Case
May 5, 2016
Inflight Productions (IFP) and its parent company Global Eagle provided inflight entertainment services to American Airlines (later US Airlines). In a recent decision they were f...
Washington Redskins on the Offensive in Trademark Dispute
Apr 27, 2016
National Football League club the Washington Redskins have filed an application in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Supreme Court to hear the club's high-profile t...
BMW in Pole Position in Trademark Dispute
Apr 21, 2016
BMW has been partly successful in a trademark and passing off claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against Technosport London Limited (TLL). Background TTL ...
Kendrick Lamar Lost for Original Lyrics in Latest Copyright Infringement Action
Apr 19, 2016
Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is facing a lawsuit for copyright infringement over allegedly stealing a song. According to the complaint, the rapper is being sued for using ...
Grand Theft Auto Producer Claims Grand Theft of Royalties
Apr 13, 2016
The former president of Rockstar Games, the multi-national video games developer, has brought a claim against his former employer. Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar Nor...
Un-'Pheasant' Surprise for Jack Wills in Trade Mark Infringement Damages Award
Apr 12, 2016
A recent case, Jack Wills Ltd v House of Fraser (Stores) Ltd on the amount that may be awarded on an account of profits offers welcome guidance on what may be taken into account in...
Watch Your Mouth - Oral Agreements and Variations
Apr 5, 2016
In a recent case (JAS Financial Products LLP v ICAP Plc  EWHC 591) the High Court held that no legally binding agreement was entered into in the course of oral discussions re...
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