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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...
Blocking Injunctions Available in Online Trademark Infringement Cases
Jul 12, 2016
The Court of Appeal, in affirming Arnold J's 2014 judgment in the Cartier case (the 2014 judgment, Cartier International AG & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors, can be read ...
McDonald's Not Clowning Around in Trade Mark Dispute, in Fact, They're 'Lovin' It'!
Jul 11, 2016
Fast food chain McDonald's has been told its trade marks are well-known enough to prevent other applications that use the prefix 'Mac' or 'Mc' in relation to food and drink from be...
'Piz-za the Action' in Recipe Name Dispute
Jul 7, 2016
Background Mr. Alfredo Di Lelio opened a restaurant in Rome in 1914 under the name 'Alfedo All Scrofa'. Soon after he created a recipe for his pregnant wife which was added to th...
Converse Trade Mark Dispute Partially 'Chucked' Out
Jun 29, 2016
Converse, the manufacturer of the eponymous Chuck Taylor trainer, has been handed a mixed ruling at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). The agency said that Wal-Mart, Ske...
IP Implications Following Brexit
Jun 28, 2016
Unless you have been living in a vacuum you will be aware that on 23 June, the UK voted to leave the European Union (Brexit). This decision will have a significant impact on the in...
Cosmetics company far from 'made-up' as Swiss Court holds that sales to a subsidiary do not constitute use
Jun 23, 2016
Pierre Fabre is a French multinational pharmaceutical and cosmetics company. They manufacture and supply cosmetics products including a face cream sold under the trade mark ELUAGE...
Car Crash for 'Vote Leave' Campaign and Use of Nissan Logo
Jun 22, 2016
As the EU Referendum reaches its climax and the Leave and Remain campaigns fight tooth and nail for the important floating votes, Japanese carmaker Nissan has announced that it wil...
Barcelona "Cule"-less in Trademark Dispute
Jun 20, 2016
A decision by the European General Court has provided guidance on demonstrating genuine use of an earlier trade mark in opposition proceedings and the importance of filing document...
Tarnished by Association? The Importance of Perception in a Name
Jun 17, 2016
Everybody has heard of 'ISIS' (otherwise known as the Islamic State or IS) a jihadist militant group that follows a fundamentalist doctrine of Sunni Islam which is very rarely out ...
Mars Going Nuts in Sweden after M&M Trademark Infringement Decision
Jun 13, 2016
Modelez (which is very closely linked to Kraft and includes confectionery and snacks following a spin off - see the Wall Street Journal article for a timeline) has triumphed in a S...
Rubik's Cube Trade Mark a Real Puzzle for the Courts
Jun 10, 2016
The owners of the Rubik's Cube look set to lose the EU trade mark they hold over the 3D shape of the puzzle following a recent Advocate General (AG) opinion which confirmed that th...
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