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Potential 'Fawlty' Claim of IP Infringement by John Cleese
May 24, 2016
John Cleese is considering legal action against an Australian theatre company's "brazen, utterly shameless" rip off of his successful television series 'Fawlty Towers', from which ...
Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Food Industry makes the Sector Sick
May 23, 2016
Food fraud might not be something that much consideration has been given to by the wider population, however, it is a real problem and one which may cause serious harm. Examples i...
UK Government Publishes Report on its IP Infringement Strategy until 2020
May 18, 2016
New strategies and proposals have been set out in a Government paper entitled, "Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP Enforcement 2020", published 10 May 2016. The docu...
Sweet AROMA for Applicant in Trade Mark Appeal Decision
May 17, 2016
A decision of the EUIPO Board of Appeal has been declared invalid by the EU General Court in relation the word mark "AROMA". Background Mr Peter Chung-Yuan Chang ("applicant") ap...
Cadbury Left Feeling Purple in Trademark Ruling
May 16, 2016
We have previously covered recent case law the long-running legal battles between Nestle and Cadbury. Our article on Cadbury's successful opposition to Nestlé's application for a t...
Directors Defence Blown Apart in Trade Mark and Passing Off Claim
May 12, 2016
A company director has been found jointly liable for trade mark infringement and passing off in claim brought about by a company specialising in sports performance and nutrition. ...
Toys and Sports Articles Lacking in Similarity in Trade Mark Decision
May 11, 2016
On 14 April 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) dismissed an appeal to set aside a decision of the EU General Court (EUGC) made in July 2015 in relation to the registration o...
Facebook Succeeds in China Trade Mark Case
May 10, 2016
Facebook has won an interesting trade mark case in China, despite being banned from operating in the country. Chinese company, Zhujian Beverage (Zhujian), which sells porridges, m...
Apple to Appeal China Trademark Decision
May 9, 2016
Following on from our news story last week about Apple's recent loss in a trade mark dispute in China – A Rotten 'Apple' in China? Problems for Apple Inc.. – Apple has confirmed in...
A Rotten 'Apple' in China? Problems for Apple Inc.
May 4, 2016
Apple has lost a trademark battle in China which will result in a company which sells leather goods, including handbags and phone cases, being able to continue to use the name "iPh...
Not a Case of 'VANTA'-Black and White in IP Law
May 3, 2016
'Vantablack' is the name used to describe a new 'super-black' coating/paint developed by Surrey NanoSystems and questions have been raised as to whether an artist may be granted ex...
Jaguar Land Rover Fails to Drive Through Trade Mark Registration
Apr 29, 2016
Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has been partially successful in its attempt to register a trade mark for the shape of the Range Rover Evoque motor vehicle. Back in November 2012, JLR fil...
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