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Lewis Hamilton loses trade mark battle
Nov 20, 2020
Lewis Hamilton, well-known for his many victories on the circuit, has lost a three-year trade mark battle with Hamilton International. The matter arose following Hamilton Interna...
Hugo Boss is not the Boss
Nov 12, 2020
We recently wrote about Hugo Boss and its claim for trade mark infringement against an independent artist from Merseyside for his use of the slogan “Be Boss, Be Kind”. In a recent...
Brexit & IP – Part 2: Trade marks
Nov 9, 2020
From 1 January 2021, for every registered EU trade mark, the UKIPO will create a comparable UK trade mark. In practice, this will mean that the comparable UK trade mark will be...
Can the court channel their inner Sherlock Holmes and detect copyright infringement?
Nov 3, 2020
Netflix’s new mystery movie Enola Holmes has not pleased all of its audience, namely the estate of the Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The estate filed a copyright ...
Can “THE” be a registered trade mark?
Oct 15, 2020
In May 2019, Marc Jacobs the fashion brand filed a trade mark application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), seeking to register the word “THE” as a trade mark for ...
Bad Spaniels and Jack Daniels – the battle continues
Oct 13, 2020
Jack Daniels (or, really, its owner Brown-Forman), sent various cease and desist letters to dog toy maker, Bad Spaniels, over allegations that the name Bad Spaniels infringed the t...
Sony and its battle for the “PS5” trade mark
Oct 8, 2020
While many gamers pre-order the much anticipated PlayStation 5 prior to its release on November 12 2020 in the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico and many other jurisdictions, the many game...
Kanye West’s YZY trade mark registration faces challenge from USPTO
Jul 22, 2020
Kanye West’s first fashion label, Yeezy, has been the subject of a number of intellectual property disputes since its inception, despite it being massively successful and lucrative...
Adidas is Dealt a Blow in the EU General Court
Jun 20, 2019
Adidas has suffered a massive blow in the EU General Court this week after the court ruled that one of its three striped trade marks is not valid. The decision comes on the back...
'Slay in Your Lane' authors disgruntled by BBC
May 30, 2019
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 Briti...
BREXiT isn't offence: but it isn't a trademark either
May 17, 2019
While Brexit may evoke different emotions in different people, it was nonetheless surprising when the EUIPO's examiner denied the registration of the mark "BREXiT" on the ground th...
The Colour Purple: and what it meant to Prince
May 14, 2019
The estate of the musician Prince, the interests of which are represented by Paisley Park Enterprises ("PPE"), has been fighting a monumental, lengthy, and (we presume) incredibly ...
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