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Irish Court Dismisses Copyright Case Against the 'Visit Wales' Campaign
Jan 29, 2016
A Court in Dublin, Ireland, has thrown out a claim for breach of copyright against the Welsh government over their use of photographs of Dylan Thomas. Photographs of the famous poe...
Scots' "Port Charlotte" Trademark for Whisky Declared Invalid due to Portuguese Port Wine Geographical Indication
Nov 27, 2015
Geographical Indications (GIs) can mean wide-ranging restrictions on applications for trade marks of any likeness to them. GIs are defined in TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspe...
Registration of Designs - International Issues
Oct 14, 2015
Designers who want to register their designs on an international level, in countries such as, for example; Japan, Korea and the US, will be disappointed to learn that it is not as ...
CJEU ruling brings legality of data transfers into the limelight
Oct 8, 2015
Europe's Highest Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), has ruled that a data sharing agreement between the US and Europe under the Safe Harbour framework is inv...
Acquired Distinctiveness through Use - Nestlé v Cadbury
Sep 21, 2015
In Nestlé's continuing battle to register the shape of its four finger chocolate bar, The CJEU has issued a preliminary ruling in the case between Nestlé and Cadbury. Background ...
Apple and Samsung on Cusp of Mediated Resolution in U.S.
Sep 15, 2015
It appears that the long ongoing battle between the two technology companies, Apple and Samsung, may be reaching a mediated end. This technology war, which has seen battles in rel...
Unilever Harnesses EU-Wide Reputation to Oppose National Trade Mark
Sep 4, 2015
A Community Trade Mark (CTM) is a trademark which offers protections across the European Union as a whole, as opposed to protection on a national level in different member states. ...
Costco 'Fishing' for Trouble - Slavery and your Supply Chain
Aug 26, 2015
We reported recently on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in Business and Supply Chains and the need for certain business types to produce and publish an annual statement disclosing thei...
Greek Supreme Court Clips Crazy Bull's Wings
Aug 21, 2015
The Greek Supreme Administrative Court ("Supreme Court") recently remanded a ruling to the Athens Administrative Court of Appeal with specific guidelines to consider in the trade m...
Chinese Court Block Michael Jordan's Trade Mark Opposition
Aug 10, 2015
Michael Jordan, formerly of the Chicago Bulls, and widely hailed to be the most iconic basketball player of all time, recently lost a trade mark suit against Qiaodon Sports in the ...
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Business Supply Chains
Aug 7, 2015
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 ("The Act") was passed in March 2015, with the objective to tackle modern slavery by consolidating numerous offences relating to human trafficking and s...
Aster Disaster: General Court Rules Likelihood of Confusion
Jul 10, 2015
The General Court recently overturned a Board of Appeal decision in Case T-521/13, to rule that there was, at least in a part of the relevant public, a likelihood of confusion betw...
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