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Coachella Organisers Sue Event Company for Trademark Infringement
Apr 20, 2016
The organisers of the largest US music festival, Coachella, have accused an events and marketing company of buying and re-selling festival wristbands and backstage passes infringin...
Un-'Pheasant' Surprise for Jack Wills in Trade Mark Infringement Damages Award
Apr 12, 2016
A recent case, Jack Wills Ltd v House of Fraser (Stores) Ltd on the amount that may be awarded on an account of profits offers welcome guidance on what may be taken into account in...
Laundry Company in a Spin Over Use of Tyne and Wear Metro Logo
Apr 8, 2016
The Tyne and Wear Metro logo is iconic for people from or who live in the North East of England. When you come across the black M on the yellow background it is instantly recognisa...
Law School in US makes an ASS of Itself
Apr 7, 2016
A US university was left embarrassed following their decision to rename a law school after late Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia. George Mason University in Virginia said it wou...
Can a Child be a "BIMBO"? General Court Decides in Trademark Dispute
Mar 29, 2016
A Mexican company has had its application for an EU TM turned down on the basis that it had a descriptive meaning. Background In case T-33/15 Grupo Bimbo (in French and Spanish o...
What's my (New) Name? - EU Trade Mark / Office Name Shake Up
Mar 23, 2016
We previously reported on the change being made to the name of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)...
BREXIT - An IP Perspective
Mar 22, 2016
The Prime Minister recently announced that a referendum on whether the UK should remain part of the European Union or not will to take place on 23 June 2016. UK companies are now c...
Twitter Flies Into A Storm With 'dronie' Registration
Mar 18, 2016
You will no doubt have noticed that small and personal use drones have become increasingly popular and are increasingly in the news. Drones are now frequently utilised in the filmi...
More than 'Meats' the Eye in Trade Mark Opposition
Mar 17, 2016
Background P.G. Nikas S.A. was founded in 1967 and is based in Attica, Greece. The company sells cured meats under the brand name 'NIKAS'. Panagiotis G. Nikas founded the company...
Visitors (Unlikely to) Flock to See The Lesser Recognised Historical Sites of Yosemite - Trade Marks & Contractual Terms
Mar 14, 2016
Yosemite National Park (the "Park") is the subject of an ongoing trade mark dispute which highlights the importance of having clear intellectual property provisions set out in all ...
Gummy Bears Not So Sweet in Trade Mark Dispute
Mar 11, 2016
A German sweet company, Mederer GmbH (the Applicant), has failed in its appeal against trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Cadbury to invalidate its trade mark registratio...
Putting Your Best Foot Forward - 'HOT SOX' Neither Descriptive Nor Non-Distinctive
Mar 8, 2016
Decision The EU General Court has confirmed OHIM's Board of Appeal decision in rejecting an application for invalidity of the trade mark 'HOT SOX' for hosiery which is registered ...
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