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Court Fees in Intellectual Property Claims
Nov 28, 2016
In March 2015, Court Fees for civil claims were significantly increased, with the stated aim of achieving financial stability for the courts; money claims valued at over £200,000 n...
French Confectioners In Not So Sweet Chinese Trademark Battle
Nov 18, 2016
The Union des Fabricants des Calissons (Union of Calisson Makers) is an organisation of manufacturers of Calissons d'Aix, a French sweet. They have reacted with fury to the news th...
International trademark clashes with Swiss national emblem
Nov 17, 2016
When reading CONCEPT+ many would pronounce the name as CONCEPT PLUS, yet the Swiss Intellectual Property Office and Federal Administrative Court both disagreed. This was what Kaufl...
EUIPO Rejects EU Trade Mark Registration For The Mark CAFFÈ NERO
Nov 16, 2016
In 2014 the CAFFÈ NERO Group Ltd filed two EU trade mark applications for the word mark CAFFÈ NERO and a figurative mark for the words CAFFÈ NERO on a blue background. The applica...
The Rubik's Cube Solved
Nov 11, 2016
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that the shape of the multi coloured three - dimensional Rubik's Cube cannot be protected by trademark, but could be protected by paten...
Conor McGregor Gears Up For The Ultimate Legal Fight
Nov 8, 2016
The Ultimate Fighting Championship ('UFC'), a violent mixed martial arts competition, is growing in popularity and no-one is more famous within the UFC than Conor McGregor. Mr McGr...
Bodybuilder Silhoette Trade Mark Rejected
Nov 2, 2016
The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the Fifth Board of Appeal against the registration of a figurative trade mark constituting an image representing a 'bodybuilder' in a ...
Importance Of Name Brands In Fashion Industry Highlighted
Nov 1, 2016
Background In a recent decision the General Court of the European Union has upheld two decisions made by the Board of Appeal in relation to an opposition made to a figurative tra...
Donald Is Trumped To TV Trademark
Oct 28, 2016
The current United States presidential election has created an ongoing deluge of controversial moments from both running candidates. However, it seems that even once the election h...
The Lucasfilm Empire Strikes Back Against US Dance Group
Oct 20, 2016
Lucasfilm and its new owner, the Walt Disney Company, own the intellectual property relating to all of the Star Wars films. Walt Disney Company in particular is famously protectiv...
Trade Marks and Co-existence Agreements
Oct 18, 2016
A trade mark co-existence agreement enables two different businesses use a similar or identical trade mark to market products or services without necessarily interfering with the b...
Elvis Trademark Dispute Leaves Parties All Shook Up
Oct 13, 2016
The two founders of popular Scottish brewery BrewDog have taken the unusual step of changing their Christian names to 'Elvis' in response to a threat of legal action from the estat...
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