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BMW in Pole Position in Trademark Dispute
Apr 21, 2016
BMW has been partly successful in a trademark and passing off claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against Technosport London Limited (TLL). Background TTL ...
20th Century Fox Not So 'Glee' After Losing Trade Mark Infringement Appeal
Feb 10, 2016
Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Corporation The producer of hit US TV show Glee has lost an appeal against an earlier ruling in which it was found liable for tradem...
"Taxi" For The London Taxi Company in Trademark Dispute
Jan 25, 2016
In The London Taxi Corporation (t/a The London Taxi Company) v Frazer-Nash Ltd & Another, Mr Justice Arnold has ruled that one of London's most iconic vehicles, the black cab, is n...
CTM Oppositions and Descriptive Words
Jan 20, 2016
Background On 16 August 2010, Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC, now Intercontinental Great Brands LLC ("Kraft"), filed an application for registration of a Community Trade Mark ("CTM...
UK Government Rules Out Additional Enforcement Power Against 'Copycat Packaging'
Nov 25, 2015
After a year-long consultation, the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills ("BIS") has concluded that brand owners should not be able to seek civil injunction...
National Trade Marks or Community Trade Marks - Which is Safest/Easier to Enforce?
Nov 9, 2015
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain ("UOGB") was recently unsuccessful in an attempt to sue a competitor, the United Kingdom Ukelele Orchestra ("UKUO"), for Community Trade Mark...
Bastian Schweinsteiger Considers Suing Chinese Manufacturer Over Nazi Doll
Oct 28, 2015
Manchester United's midfielder is considering suing a Chinese toy company after they have marketed a doll dressed as a World War 2 Nazi solider that he claims is based on and is na...
Injunctions and the Copycats - Report on the Consumer Protection Regulations
Oct 27, 2015
BIS Report The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published a report considering the possibility of enabling businesses to take civil action (in the form of an inj...
High Court Rejects Use of Survey in Passing Off Case
Jul 24, 2015
In The London Taxi Corporation Ltd (trading as The London Taxi Company) v Frazer-Nash Research Limited and Ecotive Limited  EWHC 1840 (Ch.), 3 July 2015, was an application b...
Are You Sitting Comfortably - The Sofa Workshop v Sofaworks - TM's, Non-use and Passing Off
Jul 7, 2015
In what Sofaworks CEO Jason Tisdale has stated was a 'David and Goliath' case, the Wigan based furniture manufacturer has lost its legal battle against their furniture brand rivals...
Jumping to Conclusion of Copyright Infringement? Nike's "Jumpman" Logo
Jul 1, 2015
A recent decision from the US considers whether Nike infringed US copyright law with its "Jumpman" logo. In Jacobus Rentmeester v Nike Inc., District Judge Michael Mosman granted ...
Handbags at Dawn - Gucci Owner Sues Alibaba
May 20, 2015
The leading online marketplace Alibaba is being sued by the owner of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Puma and various other leading fashion brands, Kering following a failed attempt to ...
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