Jun 24, 2021

Banksy loses more of his trade marks

We have previously reported on Banksy losing a number of his registered trade marks, and this article is no different. Banksy has now lost a further two registered trade marks for the Radar Rat and Girl with the Umbrella, as it has been held that the anonymous artist never intended to commercialise them when the artist applied to register the marks.

Radar Rat was created in 2004 and first appeared on a wall in London, whilst Girl with the Umbrella was created in 2008 in New Orleans. Over the course of the past few months, Banksy has now lost a total of 4 registered trade marks, including the Flower Thrower and Laugh Now.

In addition to having the registered trade marks revoked, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) has ruled that due to Banksy’s anonymity, this hinders the anonymous artist from being able to protect this art under copyright laws without identifying himself. Whether this is of issue to Banksy as he once famously suggested in his book ‘Wall and Piece’ that copyright is for losers.

If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. Further, please reserve your place at the upcoming webinar focusing on the online challenges with social media platforms and your intellectual property hosted by Dids MacDonald of Anti-Copying in Design and our Kelly Hudson. You can reserve your place at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3BHU-T6hR-yHJFHg6AmV7Q.

Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright, EU/International, Trade Marks

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