Rebekah Vardy trademarks the phrase Wagatha Christie – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2023 in brand names, defamation, media, news, trade marks by sally

‘Rebekah Vardy trademarked the phrase “Wagatha Christie” after losing her libel case against Coleen Rooney.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2023


How tobacco firms flout UK law on plain packaging – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in brand names, health, news, regulations, smoking, whistleblowers by sally

‘An insider in the tobacco industry has revealed some of the unscrupulous tactics it is using to avoid new restrictions governing the marketing of cigarettes that come into force next month.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017


Cycling may require new governing body in wake of doping scandal, says expert –

Posted November 6th, 2012 in brand names, compensation, drug abuse, news, sport by sally

“A new governing body may be needed if cycling is to recover from the drugs scandal currently engulfing the sport, an expert has said.”

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Brand owner’s permission not required to offer its products as prizes, rules ASA –

Posted September 16th, 2010 in advertising, brand names, news by sally

“The makers of Bodyform sanitary protection products did not need the permission of fashion house Stella McCartney Ltd to advertise its garments as prizes in a competition, the advertising regulator has said.”

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Easyjet founder takes airline to court in row over branding rights – The Independent

Posted June 9th, 2010 in airlines, brand names, news, shareholders by sally

“A simmering row between flamboyant entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and the company he founded, easyJet, is to be taken to court in a battle which could limit the operation of the no-frills airline, and even lead to it losing its name.”

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The Independent, 9th June 2010


Company Names Tribunal’s first ruling: Coke Cola needs a new name –

Posted December 11th, 2008 in brand names, news, tribunals by sally

“A company called Coke Cola Limited has been ordered to change its name and pay £700 to the Coca-Cola Company in the first ruling issued by the UK’s newly-formed Company Names Tribunal.”

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Intel ruling restricts legal protection for famous brands – The Times

Posted November 27th, 2008 in brand names, trade marks by sally

“Companies will find it harder to protect well-known brands from being exploited by other businesses following a landmark ruling by Europe’s highest court today.”

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The Times, 27th November 2008


Brands gain new protection from opportunism from October –

Posted September 26th, 2008 in brand names, news by sally

“Businesses will be able to stop others from registering their brands as company names in the UK for the first time under new laws that come into force at the end of the month. A new tribunal aims to resolve disputes faster and more cheaply than courts.”

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Stelios takes easyJet to court over branding – The Times

Posted August 18th, 2008 in airlines, brand names, news by sally

” Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is taking easyJet, the airline that he founded, to the High Court to try to limit its ability to make money from activities that may clash with his other ventures. The surprising spat between the budget carrier and its founder stunned the City yesterday and threatens to limit the airline’s ability to raise revenues.”

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The Times, 18th August 2008