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Bentley and Bentley – The Appeal
Dec 14, 2020
Bentley Motors (“Motors”) and Bentley Clothing (“Clothing”) have renewed hostilities in the Court of Appeal. Last year Clothing succeeded in its claim for trade mark infringeme...
McGregor Loses Battle
Dec 11, 2020
Conor McGregor, the famous UFC fighter, recently lost a trade mark legal battle with a clothing company named McGregor. The famous UFC fighter applied to register his surname fo...
Federer’s win: back where his initials belong
Dec 8, 2020
Swiss tennis player, Roger Federer, has re-acquired the trade mark rights from sportswear giant, Nike, to the ‘RF’ logo that used to be displayed on his Nike tennis attire. Two...
Burberry Jesus v Burberry
Dec 4, 2020
A Chicago-based rapper, Burberry Jesus, has been served with a lawsuit with regards to his stage name and various parts of his branding, which British fashion company, Burberry, al...
Civil trade mark war for “The Lincoln Project”
Dec 3, 2020
The Lincoln Project has been accused of trade mark infringement by a rival, which also shares the exact same name. The “The Lincoln Project” was established as a political action c...
The Jetsons producer is barking up a fuss over Astro Dog
Nov 24, 2020
Astro Dog, the dog character from the 80s animated sitcom show *The Jetsons*, is at the centre of a trade mark opposition filed by production studio Hanna-Barbera Productions. The ...
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...
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