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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Journals, 'Spiders' and HRH Prince Charles - relevance to copyright?
May 27, 2015
In 2006 HRH the Prince of Wales successfully sued Associated Newspapers for breach of confidence and infringement of copyright after the Mail on Sunday published extracts from his ...
F1 Trade Mark Opposition Action Stalled on Appeal
May 26, 2015
The General Court (Eighth Chamber) recently dismissed an opposition appeal by Formula One Licensing BV against the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and ...
Handbags at Dawn - Gucci Owner Sues Alibaba
May 20, 2015
The leading online marketplace Alibaba is being sued by the owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and various other leading fashion brands, Kering following a failed attempt to ...
Beastie Boys 'Monster' Taming Continues
May 19, 2015
Following the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York's award of damages to the Beastie Boys of a reported USD1.7 million dollars against Monster Energy ...
Berries and Blossom: Overlap between copyright and design right
May 18, 2015
Intellectual property law has long since recognised the overlap between copyright and design right. The Registered Designs Act 1949 was intended to create a separate system for pr...
NOW TV: Goodwill trumps Reputation
May 13, 2015
A recent United Kingdom Supreme Court decision in Starbucks (HK) Limited and another (Appellants) v British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC and others (Respondents) relating to the matt...
General Court says "checkmate" to Louis Vuitton's patterns
May 7, 2015
In a dispute that has been ongoing since 2009, Louis Vuitton has finally lost two Community Trade Mark registrations for its well know 'checkerboard' pattern. The figurative marks ...
Volkswagen's 'Extra' Word Mark Rejected by the General Court
May 6, 2015
Volkswagen has failed in its bid to register the word "EXTRA" as a Community trade mark ("CTM") for certain goods and services relating to vehicles in Classes 12, 28, 35 and 37. D...
Bruno Mars bridges The Gap by Crediting Band Members to his "Uptown Funk!" Song
May 5, 2015
Following the verdict in the "Blurred lines" in the matter of copyright infringement of the estate of Marvin Gaye against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke (a case which we have p...
Assos continues on it's Bike - Permission to Appeal to the Supreme Court Refused
Apr 30, 2015
We previously reported on the Court of Appeal decision in Roger Maier and Assos of Switzerland SA v ASOS plc and ASOS.com Limited at  EWCA Civ 220 - see "Assos told to get on...
Community Trade Marks and 'Genuine Use'
Apr 27, 2015
The General Court has recently decided on a dispute involving the interpretation of the principles of 'genuine use' of Community trade marks ("CTM"). The Court's decision can be fo...
Disney's Motion to Dismiss Copyright Infringement Claim is 'Frozen'!
Apr 20, 2015
A United States District Judge has refused to strike out a claim of copyright infringement directed at the trailer of the Disney/Pixar hit, Frozen. Frozen is now the largest gross...
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