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Intellectual Property News
The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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High Court bans fake certificates website
Sep 28, 2017
The BBC reported this week that a website, www.replacement-certificates.co.uk (the Website), which reportedly sold fake GCSE and A-level exam certificates has been shut down follow...
NAKED trade mark dispute
Sep 22, 2017
A small bath bomb firm located in Scotland called The Naked Soap Company (Naked) plans to take on global cosmetics company L'Oreal, which has given notice of its intention to oppos...
Taylor Swift's trade mark applications
Sep 6, 2017
According to the BBC and several other news organisations, Taylor Swift has applied to register various lyrics from her new single, including the title "Look What You Made Me Do", ...
National Trust for Scotland backs down in Glencoe dispute
Aug 31, 2017
Earlier this month, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) made headlines after it was accused of bullying Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing (Hilltrek), a small outdoor clothing company. Bu...
China announces it will tighten IP practices
Aug 25, 2017
China has long been known as the land of knock-offs and counterfeit goods, and we have reported on its practices concerning the theft of intellectual property before. Earlier artic...
Trade marks: balancing cost and protection of your brand
Aug 24, 2017
American manufacturer New Balance, known particularly well for its trainers in the UK, was recently awarded around £1.2 million in a trade mark infringement case in China, followin...
Could Google Lose Its Trade Mark?
Aug 21, 2017
An interesting case is currently before the US Supreme Court concerning the question of whether the term 'google' is now so generic that it is not capable of trade mark protection....
Costco Tiffany trade mark infringement
Aug 16, 2017
Further details have emerged this week regarding the multi-million pound lawsuit between US wholesaler Costco and luxury jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co. (Tiffany). Tiffany sued C...
Michelin succeed in tyre trade mark battle
Aug 2, 2017
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently ruled on opposition proceedings brought by tyre company Michelin, relying on their earlier trade mark for a stylised lett...
Coca Cola Zero Sugar: a new sugar free brand
Aug 1, 2017
Last week, Coca-Cola revealed their latest project and new and improved Coca Cola Zero, Coca Cola Zero Sugar. After around a year of trials, Coca Cola claim to have succeeded in d...
Own name trade mark defence revoked for corporate entities
Jul 18, 2017
Until recently there was an "own name" defence to both UK and EU trade mark infringement. This defence continues to apply in the UK for both corporate identities and individuals un...
Burberry sues another counterfeit network
Jul 17, 2017
British brand Burberry has initiated proceedings in the US to sue a counterfeiting network. The fashion house claims that the network is intentionally manufacturing, importing and ...
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