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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...
Can a Child be a "BIMBO"? General Court Decides in Trademark Dispute
Mar 29, 2016
A Mexican company has had its application for an EU TM turned down on the basis that it had a descriptive meaning. Background In case T-33/15 Grupo Bimbo (in French and Spanish o...
Copyright Infringement - 'Stumped' By 8 Second Clip of Cricket Match
Mar 24, 2016
On 18 March 2016, Mr Justice Arnold issued a judgement in England And Wales Cricket Board Ltd & Anor v Tixdaq Ltd & Anor which concerned whether there could be copyright infringeme...
More than 'Meats' the Eye in Trade Mark Opposition
Mar 17, 2016
Background P.G. Nikas S.A. was founded in 1967 and is based in Attica, Greece. The company sells cured meats under the brand name 'NIKAS'. Panagiotis G. Nikas founded the company...
Lid Firmly Closed in Trunki Suitcase Design Case
Mar 10, 2016
We reported on this case in November 2015 (see "When is a Trunki not a Trunki? When it's a Kidee case of course") after the Court of Appeal disagreed with the High Court and ruled ...
Apple Sent 'Home' Without a Trade Mark for iPhone Home Button
Mar 3, 2016
The Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland recently agreed with the Swiss Intellectual Property Office that Apple's iPhone home button should be refused trade mark registratio...
Apple Patent Claim Against Samsung Thrown Out
Feb 29, 2016
In the latest twist to the Apple v Samsung patent wars, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("Appeals Court") has reversed the earlier decision of the Distri...
Adidas Earns its Stripes
Feb 26, 2016
The three parallel stripes of the Adidas logo, as seen on all of the German company's products, is quite possibly one of the most recognisable and famous trade marks in the world. ...
Confusion Over IKEA Trade Marks in Indonesia
Feb 24, 2016
There has been some confusion about the implications of a recent decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court relating to trademarks registered in Indonesia by IKEA, the Swedish and fa...
Scottish Pub Infringes Premier League Copyright
Feb 22, 2016
A pub in Glasgow has been ordered by a court to pay the Football Association Premier League (Football Association) for copyright infringement, damages and costs after using foreign...
A 'Rum Do' For Bacardi Regarding Havana Club Brand in the US
Feb 18, 2016
Havana Club rum was first created in Cuba in 1936. It is now one of the bestselling brands of rum in the world. Both the Bermuda-based Bacardi and French-based Pernod Ricard sell r...
Part 36 Offers and the 'Near Miss' Rule
Feb 15, 2016
A part 36 offer is, in summary, a tactical step that a party can take in litigation to put pressure on their opponent to settle. If a party makes a part 36 offer and settlement is ...
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