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Intellectual Property News
The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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China announces it will tighten IP practices
Aug 25, 2017
China has long been known as the land of knock-offs and counterfeit goods, and we have reported on its practices concerning the theft of intellectual property before. Earlier artic...
Trade marks: balancing cost and protection of your brand
Aug 24, 2017
American manufacturer New Balance, known particularly well for its trainers in the UK, was recently awarded around £1.2 million in a trade mark infringement case in China, followin...
Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?
Aug 21, 2017
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....
Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
Aug 16, 2017
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 C...
Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
Aug 2, 2017
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 lett...
Coca Cola Zero Sugar: a new sugar free brand
Aug 1, 2017
Last week, Coca-Cola revealed their latest project and new and improved Coca Cola Zero, Coca Cola Zero Sugar. After around a year of trials, Coca Cola claim to have succeeded in d...
Own name trade mark defence revoked for corporate entities
Jul 18, 2017
Until recently there was an "own name" defence to both UK and EU trade mark infringement. This defence continues to apply in the UK for both corporate identities and individuals un...
Burberry sues another counterfeit network
Jul 17, 2017
British brand Burberry has initiated proceedings in the US to sue a counterfeiting network. The fashion house claims that the network is intentionally manufacturing, importing and ...
Canadian Igloo Mark Handed To Indigenous People
Jul 14, 2017
When Inuit art was introduced into the Canadian art scene in the early 1950s, the Canadian federal government created the igloo tag, a trade mark to protect Inuit artists' work fro...
Mother Teresa Sari Is Trade Marked
Jul 11, 2017
The religious order founded by Mother Teresa in Kolkata, the Missionaries of Charity, which continues her work has trade marked in India the white, blue rimmed sari that was synony...
Court provides guidance on bad faith trade marks
Jul 10, 2017
A UK trade mark application will be rejected if it is shown to have been made in bad faith; an EU trade mark can be declared invalid on bad faith grounds. In the UK, bad faith can...
A cereal trade mark saga
Jul 5, 2017
Around 300 boxes of Weetabix have been impounded by customs officers in New Zealand over a trade mark dispute between the importer of the British cereal and Sanitarium, the Austral...
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