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Louboutin's sole issue
Feb 7, 2018
Fashion designer Christian Louboutin has been struck a blow by the opinion of the European Court of Justice's Advocate General Maciej Szpunar that "shape" includes colour. Christi...
Elvis Juice? Thank you very much.
Feb 6, 2018
UK brewery BrewDog has won an appeal over the registration of the trademark 'BrewDog Elvis Juice' for one of its beers. In 2016 the estate of the late great Elvis Presley opposed t...
Dodge in Superbowl PR disaster
Feb 5, 2018
During the 2018 Superbowl many viewers were left angered after seeing an advert for the Dodge Ram pickup truck featuring excerpts from "The Drum Major Instinct" sermon of Dr. Marti...
Meryl Streep applies to trademark her name
Feb 2, 2018
Having spent 43 years in the entertainment industry, winning multiple awards including Oscars and golden globes, Meryl Streep has now filed an application with the US Trademark and...
Collective Management Organisations: a brief explanation
Jan 31, 2018
Collective Management Organisations ("CMO's") are licensing bodies which grant rights on behalf of multiple holders in a single license for a single payment. Rights holders will ge...
Compulsory mediation looms for Greek IP disputes
Jan 30, 2018
A law published on 17 January 2018 in Greece will bring with it wholesale changes to the resolution of intellectual property disputes in the country. From 18 October 2018 the clai...
Grumpy Cat makes Court appearance in copyright case
Jan 26, 2018
The owners of Tardar Sauce, the name of the internet breaking, meme-generating Grumpy Cat have been awarded £500,000 in damages in a recent copyright case. Grumpy Cat Limited (who ...
Cartoons to educate children on copyright law
Jan 18, 2018
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a campaign to teach children about copyright infringement and the internet, saying it is a key life skill to learn to respect co...
Coffee Rocks gets ground down
Jan 17, 2018
Starbucks has succeeded in its latest appeal in its opposition of Belgian entrepreneur Hasmik Nersesyan's application to register a figurative mark for her 'Coffee rocks' brand. T...
Spotify sued over royalties
Jan 12, 2018
Spotify is reportedly being sued by a music production company, on behalf of its clients, for £1.18 billion, in respect of unpaid royalties for songs hosted on its platform. The ne...
Lana Del Rey Hopes To 'Get Free' In Copyright Dispute
Jan 8, 2018
Lana Del Rey has confirmed on Twitter that she is being sued by Radiohead who have alleged copyright infringement in a song on her latest album called 'Lust for Love', which was re...
Government Urged To Remain In Unified Patent Court
Jan 4, 2018
Legal professionals who work in the intellectual property sector have set out, in a position paper, what they want to see the government achieve in the Brexit negotiations in respe...
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