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Porsche Race Away In Trademark Dispute
Dec 7, 2016
Luxury German car manufacturer Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche, usually referred to as Porsche, have successfully invalidated several Benelux registrations for the mark P@RSCHE. The regi...
Victory For APAL Over Pink Lady Logo After A Second Bite Of The Apple
Nov 30, 2016
Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) own the Pink Lady brand for apples in numerous worldwide territories. They own the Pink Lady trademark in most territories, but in 2006 the...
EUIPO Rejects EU Trade Mark Registration For The Mark CAFFÈ NERO
Nov 16, 2016
In 2014 the CAFFÈ NERO Group Ltd filed two EU trade mark applications for the word mark CAFFÈ NERO and a figurative mark for the words CAFFÈ NERO on a blue background. The applica...
The Rubik's Cube Solved
Nov 11, 2016
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that the shape of the multi coloured three - dimensional Rubik's Cube cannot be protected by trademark, but could be protected by paten...
Ziggy Fails To Hit Stardust In Internet Meme Case
Nov 3, 2016
An Australian teenager is hoping to turn his internet humiliation into cash following a picture of him going viral. Ali Ziggi Mosslamni, known as "Ziggy" to his friends, became the...
Importance Of Name Brands In Fashion Industry Highlighted
Nov 1, 2016
Background In a recent decision the General Court of the European Union has upheld two decisions made by the Board of Appeal in relation to an opposition made to a figurative tra...
Hotel Room Televisions and Rental and Licensing Rights
Oct 26, 2016
In a recent and ongoing case, Attorney General (AG) Szpunar has offered his opinion in a reference for a preliminary ruling on whether hotel rooms come within the meaning of "place...
The Lucasfilm Empire Strikes Back Against US Dance Group
Oct 20, 2016
Lucasfilm and its new owner, the Walt Disney Company, own the intellectual property relating to all of the Star Wars films. Walt Disney Company in particular is famously protectiv...
Spinal Tap Co-Creator Brings Claim Against Vivendi
Oct 19, 2016
Harry Shearer, actor and star in This is Spinal Tap, an 80s rock mockumentary, has brought a legal claim against media multinational conglomerate Vivendi over the level of merchand...
Timing Of Chinese Factory Visit Causes Waves Over Development Of Similar Machine
Oct 11, 2016
The owners of an innovative Scottish wave power company (Pelamis Wave Power) were surprised when personal computers were stolen from their headquarters not long after an official v...
Implications of Brexit on Data Protection
Oct 7, 2016
You will probably have noticed a trend when reading or talking about what Brexit is likely to bring that nobody knows, to any degree of certainty, what Brexit will entail. However,...
EU Sets Its Sights On YouTube
Sep 15, 2016
The EU Commission has announced its plans to amend and harmonise EU copyright law. The President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker announced the proposals in his 'State o...
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