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New Order Band Mates' Firmly On The 'Hook'
Dec 3, 2015
Peter Hook was the bass player with New Order until his departure in 2007. Following his departure Hook formed a new band, Peter Hook and the Light, with which he is now touring. ...
Online Software Pirate "Off The Hook" Following Copyright Infringement
Nov 30, 2015
In a recent case an online software pirate settled claims against him on unusual out of court terms with a number of jointly represented leading software companies, including Micro...
H&M Loses In Bust-up Over Bra Patent
Nov 26, 2015
The clothing chain H&M face a multimillion pound pay out having lost a patent dispute with Stretchline Holdings. The judgment was handed down at the High Court on 20 November 2015....
Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights
Nov 23, 2015
In a recent mock trial event hosted in a museum in Milan, Judges held that a superstar chef's "Riso, oro e Zafferano" (rice, gold and saffron) was protected by various forms of int...
Charity With Royalty Stake in 'Happy Birthday' Enters Dispute
Nov 17, 2015
'Happy Birthday To You' is one of the most popular songs in history so much so that the Guinness Book of Records claims it as the most recognisable song in the English language. O...
Premier League Wins In Claims Against Pub Landlords
Nov 12, 2015
A number of pubs across Tyneside and the rest of the UK have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds to the Premier League for unauthorised screening of live Premier League footbal...
Contract Update - A Case of the Lesser Spotted Penalty Clause
Nov 11, 2015
Contracts may contain terms which set out what remedy the innocent party may claim in the event of breach by another. This is normally financial but may include the transfer of pro...
Trunki v Kiddee Case – Consideration of the Issues for Registered Designs
Nov 10, 2015
As we await a ruling from the Supreme Court (the highest court in England and Wales) in the Magmatic (the maker of 'Trunki' suitcases) v Kiddee Case, a case on which we have previo...
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...
Trunki v Kiddee Case – A 'case' for an appeal made to the Supreme Court
Nov 5, 2015
The design dispute between Magmatic Limited ("Magmatic"), the maker of children's Trunki suitcases and PMS International Group Plc ("PMS"), the maker of the Kiddee Case, has now re...
Protecting your Brand: Mo Monsters, Mo Problems
Nov 4, 2015
The General Court has rejected an opposition by energy drink brand, Monster, to an application to register "MO MO MONSTERS" as a Community Trade Mark ("CTM"). Monster is a well-es...
Taylor Swift Looks Set to 'Shake Off' Latest Legal Battle
Nov 3, 2015
Pop star Taylor Swift is being accused of stealing the words to her hit song "Shake It Off". As a result she is being sued for approximately $42m (£24m). U.S. based R&B singer Jes...
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