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Part of Kering's Counterfeit Claim Against Alibaba Dismissed
Aug 10, 2016
A US Judge has dismissed part of a claim relating to the sale of counterfeit goods brought against Alibaba by various brands, including Gucci and YSL, owned by Kering SA. The part ...
UK Intellectual Property Office Offers Brexit Guidance
Aug 8, 2016
The UK Intellectual Property office (IPO) has published a summary guidance note on the status of UK/EU intellectual property (IP) rights in the wake of Brexit – to be found here. T...
'It Was Them Wot Did It!' – Defence Fails in ECJ Decision Relating to Physical Sales of Counterfeit Goods
Aug 2, 2016
On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) gave judgment in a case relating to the sale of counterfeit goods in a market in the Czech capital, Prague. In it,...
Counterfeit Spirits and Wine - Better have a Stiff Drink!
Aug 1, 2016
The health risk of counterfeit alcohol is something many people will be aware of, indeed we have reported on it in the past - see article entitled "Fraud and Counterfeiting in the ...
Santander shown a red card in colour trade mark dispute in Germany
Jul 28, 2016
Sparkassen Group and Banco Santander have been involved in an ongoing dispute over the use of the colour red in connection with banking services in Germany. Sparkassen applied to ...
Criminality and IP Infringement
Jul 27, 2016
When it comes to intellectual property (IP) infringement, time is most likely to be of the essence as matters can progress very quickly. A matter of hours can make a difference to ...
Monster's Claws Clipped by Mad Cat
Jul 22, 2016
Monster Energy Drinks have become increasingly popular over the last 3 years. Readers will likely recognise their branded energy drink cans with 3 green vertical slashes down the s...
Putting the Consumer in the Brand
Jul 20, 2016
Consumers have long been draw to specific products due to the 'brand'. Brand in this sense encompasses the get up, badges or indicators of origin including registered trade marks....
McDonald's Takes a Large Bite out of Competitors' Ability to Register Trade Marks
Jul 19, 2016
Over a succession of recent cases fast-food giant McDonald's has established that is has the right to block others from registering prefixes such as 'Mac' or 'Mc' in the context of...
Sparkling Winemakers' Trade Mark Claim Loses Its Fizz
Jul 18, 2016
A recent trademark case concerning the trademark "PICCOLOMINI" (Mark) has provided guidance on the test for 'genuine use' in opposition proceedings which, in this case, was not sat...
Glaxo sees red over competitors use of the colour purple
Jul 14, 2016
Pharmaceutical company Glaxo Group Limited has failed to prevent their rival, Sandoz, from using the colour purple on an inhaler. Glaxo is the registered owner of EUTM no. 3890126...
Can you see the Light? Vantaback and IP Rights in Colours
Jul 13, 2016
It has been widely reported that the Bombay-born British artist Anish Kapoor has acquired exclusive rights to use the unique Vantablack pigment, which is the blackest shade of blac...
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