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Copyright in a store layout
Jul 6, 2017
Originality is a key aspect of copyright. A recent judgment of the Douai Court of Appeals has made it clear how crucial this element is under French law, and has confirmed that cop...
A cereal trade mark saga
Jul 5, 2017
Around 300 boxes of Weetabix have been impounded by customs officers in New Zealand over a trade mark dispute between the importer of the British cereal and Sanitarium, the Austral...
Donald Trump & 'Covfefe' Tweet: who owns the trade mark?
Jul 4, 2017
Donald Trump sparked a surge of trade mark applications for the word mark COVFEFE, after he wrote on Twitter in the early hours of the morning at the end of May. The President twe...
Background to ongoing design case in Guardian article
Jun 30, 2017
McDaniel & Co. Senior Associate, Kelly Hudson, has been quoted in a Guardian article which focuses on one of McDaniel & Co.'s client's ongoing intellectual property (IP) claims. Ke...
Hendrix photographer welcomes Paris Court of Appeal decision
Jun 28, 2017
In May 2015, the Paris Tribunal de Grand Instance (TGI) made a controversial decision in a copyright case that shocked experts and photographers alike. The case concerned a portrai...
Gene Simmons' trade mark application withdrawn
Jun 27, 2017
It emerged last week that an application to register a hand-gesture as a US trade mark has been withdrawn. Most trade marks are either words or logos though a trade mark can take v...
'All Eyez on Me' copyright claim
Jun 26, 2017
A journalist has brought a copyright infringement claim against the creators of All Eyez on Me, a newly released film depicting the short life of rapper, actor and Poet, Tupac Shak...
US Supreme Court rules on disparaging trade marks clause
Jun 21, 2017
In the UK, marks that are contrary to public policy or morality will be refused registration as trade marks. In the US, historically, marks that comprise matter which may be dispar...
Broadway show producers successfully defend copyright infringement allegations
Jun 19, 2017
Last week, the United States District Court of Nevada handed down a court order dealing with a longstanding allegation of copyright infringement against the producers of hit musica...
Kiss Frontman Applies To Trade Mark 'Devil Horn' Gesture
Jun 16, 2017
This week details emerged regarding KISS frontman, Gene Simmons, and an application at the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it has emerged that...
Lumen links land Google into trouble
Jun 15, 2017
The Higher Regional Court of Munich has issued an injunction against Google to stop the search engine linking users to the Lumen database. Lumen collects data relating to legal com...
Forever 21 escapes Puma injunctive relief
Jun 12, 2017
In 2016, Puma teamed up with popstar Rihanna to create a range of footwear named FENTY X PUMA. The footwear created in the collaboration included the 'creeper', the 'fur slide' and...
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