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Trade Mark Rejected Due to Earlier San Miguel Mark
May 27, 2016
A French company (the Applicant) has failed in its appeal against the rejection of its EU trade mark Application. The Application was rejected on the basis of an Earlier Mark, 'BLU...
EU Report on Geographical Indicators Infringement Released
Apr 28, 2016
The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently conducted a study to assess the level of infringement of Geographical Indications (GI) in the EU in respect of wines, spirits, ...
Washington Redskins on the Offensive in Trademark Dispute
Apr 27, 2016
National Football League club the Washington Redskins have filed an application in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Supreme Court to hear the club's high-profile t...
Sssshhhh, its a Secret - But is it Confidential? New EU Trade Secrets Law
Apr 14, 2016
On 13 April the European Parliament voted on the proposed trade secrets directive ("Directive"). Current Laws Protecting Trade Secrets in England Trade secrets are reasonably wel...
BREXIT - An IP Perspective
Mar 22, 2016
The Prime Minister recently announced that a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or not will to take place on 23 June 2016. UK companies are now c...
Gummy Bears Not So Sweet in Trade Mark Dispute
Mar 11, 2016
A German sweet company, Mederer GmbH (the Applicant), has failed in its appeal against trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Cadbury to invalidate its trade mark registratio...
Performing Rights Societies Set To Merge
Feb 5, 2016
Two collective rights management organisations are to merge. PRS for Music (Performing Rights Society – PRS) represents the rights of over 115,000 songwriters, composers and music ...
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 ...
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