UK to push ahead with reforms to rules on unjustified threats on intellectual property rights – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 1st, 2016 in consultations, copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by tracey

‘The UK government is to legislate to bring greater consistency to laws concerning the communications intellectual property (IP) rights holders send to alleged infringers of their rights.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2016

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Rulings rejecting taxi and chocolate bar shapes as trade marks reflect intentions of trade mark law, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 26th, 2016 in food, intellectual property, news, taxis, trade marks by sally

‘The strict circumstances in which shapes can benefit from trade mark protection have been reinforced by two new rulings issued by the High Court in London, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd January 2016

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Black cabs not unique, high court rules, paving way for ‘green’ taxis – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2016 in London, news, taxis, trade marks by sally

‘A high court judge has ruled that one of London’s most famous sights, the black cab, is not that unique after all, concluding that they are “devoid of inherent distinctive character”.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2015

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Nestlé loses high court battle to trademark shape of KitKat – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2016 in appeals, food, news, trade marks by sally

‘Nestlé has failed in its attempt to trademark the shape of KitKat in the UK, opening the door for rivals to launch copycat products.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2016

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Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging rules – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2015 in advertising, intellectual property, news, regulations, smoking, trade marks by sally

‘Four of the world’s biggest tobacco firms are to begin a legal challenge to the government’s new packaging rules.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2015

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Teacher Hayley Batley illegally sold Doctor Who goods on eBay – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2015 in BBC, disciplinary procedures, news, teachers, trade marks by tracey

‘A Wrexham teacher convicted of making her own Doctor Who merchandise and selling it on eBay has been reprimanded at a disciplinary hearing.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2015

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When one charity sues another – NOCN v Open College Network Credit4Learning – NIPC Law

Posted October 6th, 2015 in charities, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘An open college network is a regional organization that accredits adult education courses offered by educational institutions and employers. The claimant was established to coordinate some of those organizations.’

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NIPC Law, 4th October 2015

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Business that makes square pies given legal warning by rival – BBC News

Posted October 6th, 2015 in food, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘A company which makes square-shaped pies has been told it cannot call them “square” by a rival pie maker.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2015

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‘Infosecurity’ not distinctive enough for trade mark protection, says court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 29th, 2015 in EC law, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘The UK-based organiser of the international ‘Infosecurity’ conference series has failed in its attempt to register the name as a trade mark, after an EU court found that it had “not acquired distinctive character through use”.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 29th September 2015

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An intergalactic battle over starwars.uk domain – Technology Law Update

Posted August 11th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks by sally

‘A year after a change to UK domain names a skirmish in (web)space shows how effective Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service can be in protecting a trade mark owner’s rights.’
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Technology Law Update, 6th August 2015

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Ukulele Wars: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain v Clausen – NIPC Law

Posted August 6th, 2015 in EC law, intellectual property, news, striking out, trade marks by sally

‘Although Judge Hacon’s decision in The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain v Clausen and Another [2015] EWHC 1772 (IPEC) was reported as a “victory” in the Independent (The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain wins duel with German ‘copycat’ 3 July 2015) it was somewhat of the pyrrhic kind. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain sued The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra for trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and passing off and applied to strike out the defence on the grounds of abuse of process less than two weeks before the trial. The claim succeeded on passing off but failed on all other counts. The claimants lost their Community trade mark and the judge saw no merit in the strike out application whatever.’

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NIPC Law, 5th August 2015

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Feuding ukulele bands battle it out in court – BBC News

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in news, trade marks, trade names by tracey

‘The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (UOGB) has won a High Court ruling against a rival group which it accused of trading off its reputation.’

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BBC News, 2nd July 2015

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Nestle faces setback in KitKat trademark battle – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2015 in EC law, food, news, trade marks by sally

‘Confectionery giant Nestle’s attempt to trademark the shape of its four-finger KitKat bar in the UK does not comply with European law, a senior European Court lawyer has said.’

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BBC News, 11th June 2015

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Who, What, Why: Can the KitKat shape be a trademark? – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2015 in food, intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘Confectionery giant Nestle is attempting to turn the shape of the KitKat bar into a trademark. But is this possible, asks Justin Parkinson.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2015

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Tobacco companies prepare multi-billion compensation claims over UK plain packaging – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in compensation, EC law, intellectual property, news, smoking, trade marks by sally

‘Tobacco companies are preparing to launch what could be one of the biggest ever legal claims against the British Government for losses as a result of the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes.’
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Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2015

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Business claiming ‘passing off’ must have UK customers before it can sue in UK, says Supreme Court – OUT-LAw.com

Posted May 15th, 2015 in foreign jurisdictions, media, news, Supreme Court, trade marks, trade names by tracey

‘The Hong Kong-based provider of internet TV subscription service NOW TV could not prevent Sky using the same name for a similar service in the UK because it did not have a UK customer base, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 14th May 2015

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Buying web addresses best protection for brands in light of expansion of domains – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 27th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks, trade names by sally

‘Businesses should respond to the growing number of domains by buying up the web addresses that pose a risk to their brands.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th March 2015

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“Supreme” caution required when applying “double identity” rule – RPC IP Hub

Posted March 19th, 2015 in intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘A recent High Court decision1 not only demonstrates the difficulty for trade mark owners in enforcing descriptive trade marks (and the risk that those trade marks may be found to be invalid) but also highlights potential pitfalls where trade marks co-exist within the same market. Also of interest is Arnold J’s criticism of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Interflora with regard to burden of proof for “double identity” cases.’

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RPC IP Hub, 17th March 2015

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Branded drugs and over-stickering: when is 8.62% a substantial part? – Technology Law Update

‘A brand-owner generally wants to use the same brand across several countries, but there are industries where national branding is common. Pharmaceuticals is one. In a free trade bloc like the EU this leads to a tension between the free movement of goods and protection of IP rights. The interplay of the EU rules in this area has come under the spotlight in SEP v Doncaster.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th March 2015

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Trade Marks and Passing Off: Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) Ltd – NIPC Law

Posted March 2nd, 2015 in intellectual property, news, trade marks by sally

‘The Lincolnshire town of Grantham educated one of the world’s greatest scientists and the first woman to be British prime minister (see “Frit” – Merck Sharp Dohme Corp v Teva Pharma BV 25 March 2012). It has a magnificent parish church and is home to Chantry Dance Company which is very special to me as you will see from the last video clip in Chantry Dance Company’s Sandman and Dream Dance 10 May 2014 Terpsichore if you read that far. It has a pub called The Beehive with a real beehive for the pub sign (how’s that for imaginative branding). Each Autumn it holds a science and arts festival in honour of Sir Isaac Newton called Gravity Fields (see Gravity Fields Festival – there’s much more to Grantham than Mrs T 8 Aug 2014 East Midlands IP).’

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NIPC Law, 28th February 2015

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