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The latest updates and breaking news on Intellectual Property from around the world
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Four-finger confectionery? It's not distinctive.
Jul 25, 2018
The European Court of Justice has decided (finally) that Nestlé does not own the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat. Nestlé has spent the best part of 15 years in the battle to tr...
Nintendo takes action over online emulators
Jul 23, 2018
In the internet age there has always been a demand for access to games and videos that pre-dated it. That demand is never higher than for retro games that populated our lives in th...
Off-White Accused of Trade Mark Infringement
Jul 20, 2018
Off-White, the trendy streetwear fashion brand founded in 2012 by Virgil Abloh, has found itself in a spot of bother with outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen this week. The dispute...
EU General Court rejects wine appeal
Jul 12, 2018
Enoitalia Spa ("ES"), an Italian wine company, has had its appeal rejected by the EU General Court. The court confirmed the EUIPO were right to invalidate the trademark 'Antonio Ru...
Federer hopeful Nike will serve up its trademark
Jul 4, 2018
Roger Federer signed to the Nike brand in 1994 as a promising youngster. It couldn't have been known at the time that he would go on to become inarguably the best tennis player of ...
Harry Popper and the Supreme Court Trade Mark Battle
Jun 26, 2018
Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, the American entertainment company behind the Harry Potter films, has been fighting a ten-year trade mark battle that has recently ended. The succes...
EU General Court says Ralph Lauren mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness
Jun 20, 2018
It has been confirmed by the EU General Court that Ralph Lauren's word mark 'Polo' has enhanced distinctiveness as the result of an opposition that was first filed three years ago ...
Louboutin successfully defend their red sole trade mark
Jun 15, 2018
Christian Louboutin, the French fashion designer and man behind the Louboutin shoe, has been victorious in a recent court battle concerning the famous red sole that characterises t...
UK Supreme Court gives judgment in ISP costs-bearing dispute
Jun 13, 2018
The UK Supreme Court ("UKSC") has given judgment in a significant appeal concerning who should bear the costs of implementation of injunctions to block access to websites participa...
Don't say Velcro, says Velcro.
Jun 6, 2018
Last year Velcro released a music video (here) urging people to use the correct name for 'hook and loop' fastening systems. It has now followed that up with another video, sung by...
Whirlpool in a spin
Jun 5, 2018
Whirlpool is suing an alleged counterfeiter over goods that is says infringe one of its patents and are sold under its trademarks. Whirlpool alleges that Pricebreak is using tradem...
Film producers cross Sesame Street
May 30, 2018
STX Productions, the company producing the upcoming film Happytime Murders, is facing a lawsuit from Sesame Workshop, the creators of the famous children's TV show Sesame Street. S...
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