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Spinal Tap creators' claim against Vivendi to proceed to trial
Oct 3, 2017
Last year we reported on This is Spinal Tap co-creator Harry Shearer's claim against Vivendi in respect of merchandising income apportioned to the four creators up until 2006. That...
Toblerone sues Poundland over 'Twin Peaks'
Aug 22, 2017
We reported on Toblerone's change of shape in 2016 here. Poundland recently announced the launch of its newest chocolate product, Twin Peaks. Modelez, owner of Toberlone, has issue...
Roger in murky waters over copyright
Aug 14, 2017
The launch of former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters' new album, "Is this the life we really want?", has been interrupted in Italy after the album cover was found to constitute cop...
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...
A shock result for the Tartan Army
Feb 20, 2017
The Scottish Court of Session in Tartan Army Ltd v Sett GmbH and Others  CSOH 22 has held that the claimant's allegations of trademark infringement and passing off were not s...
E-lending: one book one user
Nov 10, 2016
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has today held in Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht that libraries should be allowed to lend out digital copi...
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...
Court Ruling Demonstrates Importance of Meeting Deadlines
Nov 7, 2016
Default judgment is a procedural process whereby a claimant in a claim can apply for judgment to be entered against a Defendant, regardless of the merits of its claim, if the Defen...
Hotel Room Televisions and Rental and Licensing Rights
Oct 26, 2016
In a recent and ongoing case, Attorney General (AG) Szpunar has offered his opinion in a reference for a preliminary ruling on whether hotel rooms come within the meaning of "place...
Swatch Take A Bite Out Of Apple In Trade Mark Dispute
Sep 20, 2016
It can sometimes seem like Apple is taking over the world, with its products increasingly ubiquitous and new launches hotly anticipated. They have however experienced some negative...
Trade Mark Cancelled Due To Similarity With EU Flag
Sep 14, 2016
An interesting case has been decided in Germany recently where the European Union has been successful in obtaining the cancellation of a trade mark which it claimed infringed on th...
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