Rivals’ keyword marketing activity censured by High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 25th, 2016 in advertising, internet, news, trade marks by tracey

‘Online marketing activity carried out separately by two rival bathroom retailers respectively infringed trade mark and passing off rights, the High Court in London has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th November 2016

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Domain name suspensions more than double in a year, says UK registry – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 17th, 2016 in domain names, enforcement, intellectual property, news, police, reports, trade marks by sally

‘More than 8,000 web addresses were suspended by Nominet during the year up to the end of October 2016, more than double the number suspended in the previous 12 months, the internet registry for ‘.uk’ domain names has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th November 2016

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Great British Bake Off an example of the legal challenges in protecting TV formats, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 11th, 2016 in copyright, intellectual property, media, news, trade marks by sally

‘The recent sale of rights to broadcast The Great British Bake Off has highlighted the legal challenges facing broadcasters keen to protect their rights and interests in TV formats.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th October 2016

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The dark art of copyright: trademark battles from Specsavers to Facebook – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in copyright, intellectual property, news, patents, trade marks by sally

‘Swimmer Ryan Lochte probably isn’t bothering anyone by trademarking ‘Jeah’, his bizarre victory scream – but can Specsavers really patent ‘should’ve’, or can Facebook own ‘face’ and ‘book’? The world of trademark law is murky indeed.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2016

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Specsavers’ application to trademark ‘should’ve’ approved – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in news, trade marks by sally

‘The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has approved Specsavers’ application to trademark the terms “should’ve” and “shouldve” to protect its well-known catchphrase.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2016

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A (brief) update on how the UK will deal with IP rights after Brexit – Technology Law Update

Posted August 8th, 2016 in copyright, EC law, enforcement, news, patents, referendums, trade marks by sally

‘The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has issued a briefing on the future for IP rights after Brexit. This gives IP owners some crumbs of comfort to innovative businesses, but little detail.’

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Technology Law Update, 5th August 2016

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Cadbury UK Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (Societe Des Produits Nestle SA intervening) – WLR Daily

Cadbury UK Ltd v Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (Societe Des Produits Nestle SA intervening) [2016] EWHC 1609 (Ch)

‘Where a party intervenes in an appeal from a decision of a hearing officer acting on behalf of the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, ordinary a costs order will not be made in the intervener’s favour. The court will only consider departing from its ordinary position if it is satisfied that (1) the intervener’s position was successful, (2) its submission added value to the hearing, and (3) it had not duplicated the respondent’s submissions (paras 10, 12).’

WLR Daily, 7th July 2016

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The UK is leaving – what will it mean for technology and life science businesses? – Technology Law Blog

‘After yesterday’s leave vote, the UK government will need to start the process of disentangling the country from the EU. Formal steps to trigger withdrawal under Article 50 of the EU Treaty are currently expected to await Prime Minister David Cameron’s replacement in the coming months, although informal negotiations may begin sooner. What will be the legal impact for innovative businesses?’

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Technology Law Blog, 24th June 2016

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Marussia Communications Ireland Ltd v Manor Grand Prix Racing Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Posted April 20th, 2016 in EC law, law reports, licensing, time limits, trade marks by sally

Marussia Communications Ireland Ltd v Manor Grand Prix Racing Ltd and another [2016] EWHC 809 (Ch)

‘The claimant was the proprietor of a Community registered trade mark for the “Marussia” name and logo, which it licensed to the defendant to use for a certain period. The claimant brought a claim for trade mark infringement, claiming that the defendant had continued to use the trade mark after the licence period had ended and that the use of the “Marussia” name contravened article 9(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark. The defendants relied upon five defences, including consent of the claimant within the meaning of Council Regulation 207/2009. On the claimant’s application for summary judgment am issue arose as to whether, if it failed to prove the claimant had given consent, the defendant could none the less rely on English law principles of estoppel to achieve either the same or a similar result.’

WLR Daily, 13th April 2016

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Hashtag applications on the rise #TimesAreChanging – Technology Law Update

Posted March 30th, 2016 in enforcement, intellectual property, internet, news, statistics, trade marks by sally

‘Research by Thomson CompuMark has highlighted the effect of the changing social media landscape on trademark applications.’

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Technology Law Update, 30th March 2016

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Court of Appeal must maintain brand owners’ right to obtain website blocking orders, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Court of Appeal in London must maintain the right of brand owners to obtain website blocking orders against internet service providers (ISPs) as a means of enforcing their trade mark rights against infringers, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th February 2016

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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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