Amazon is UK consumers’ most trusted online marketplace

Amazon is UK consumers’ most trusted online marketplace

Research commissioned by brand protection software provider Incopro looking at “Fake Britain” has found that UK consumers are more trusting of Amazon over rival online marketplaces, despite the company openly admitting it has a problem with counterfeit goods. Just 42%...

Sussex Not-So-Royal?

Sussex Not-So-Royal?

As they step away from public - and royal - duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had intended to brand their future commercial activities with the trademark “Sussex Royal”. However, this strategy has hit a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, following news that the...

Gibson drops EUIPO appeal

Gibson drops EUIPO appeal

World-famous guitar manufacturer Gibson has abandoned its attempt to retain trademark rights to certain guitar shapes in the EU. The American company twice met with failure before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2019, after it applied unsuccessfully to...

Beatles win $77 million merch ruling

Beatles win $77 million merch ruling

The corporation founded by The Beatles to manage their financial and legal affairs, Apple Corps, has been awarded $77 million in damages by US District Court Judge Beth Bloom over the sale of unlicensed merchandise using the band’s name and imagery. The figure of $77...

Did Netflix make the wrong choices with Bandersnatch?

Streaming giant Netflix has failed in its bid to dismiss a $25 million infringement action brought against it by Chooseco LLC, current publisher of the perennially popular Choose Your Own Adventure books. Chooseco alleges that its trademarks were infringed by the...

Post-Brexit, Stilton still won’t come from Stilton

The fact that Stilton cheese, world-famous for its distinctive blue veins and pungent aroma, cannot be legally manufactured in the village of Stilton that lends the cheese its name, continues to cause something of a stink in the small Cambridgeshire village. Thought...

Cyprus gets its halloumi back

When Cyprus lost its ownership of the trademark “halloumi” in the UK in 2018, Cypriot farmers and cheesemakers, who take their exclusive right to manufacture and market their world-famous cheese very seriously indeed, were rightly up in arms. The loss flowed from a...

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Amazon is UK consumers’ most trusted online marketplace

Research commissioned by brand protection software provider Incopro looking at “Fake Britain” has found that UK consumers are more trusting of Amazon over rival online marketplaces, despite the company openly admitting it has a problem with counterfeit goods. Just 42%...

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Gibson drops EUIPO appeal

World-famous guitar manufacturer Gibson has abandoned its attempt to retain trademark rights to certain guitar shapes in the EU. The American company twice met with failure before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2019, after it applied unsuccessfully to...

read more

Sussex Not-So-Royal?

As they step away from public - and royal - duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had intended to brand their future commercial activities with the trademark “Sussex Royal”. However, this strategy has hit a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, following news that the...

read more

Beatles win $77 million merch ruling

The corporation founded by The Beatles to manage their financial and legal affairs, Apple Corps, has been awarded $77 million in damages by US District Court Judge Beth Bloom over the sale of unlicensed merchandise using the band’s name and imagery. The figure of $77...

read more

Did Netflix make the wrong choices with Bandersnatch?

Streaming giant Netflix has failed in its bid to dismiss a $25 million infringement action brought against it by Chooseco LLC, current publisher of the perennially popular Choose Your Own Adventure books. Chooseco alleges that its trademarks were infringed by the...

read more

Post-Brexit, Stilton still won’t come from Stilton

The fact that Stilton cheese, world-famous for its distinctive blue veins and pungent aroma, cannot be legally manufactured in the village of Stilton that lends the cheese its name, continues to cause something of a stink in the small Cambridgeshire village. Thought...

read more

Cyprus gets its halloumi back

When Cyprus lost its ownership of the trademark “halloumi” in the UK in 2018, Cypriot farmers and cheesemakers, who take their exclusive right to manufacture and market their world-famous cheese very seriously indeed, were rightly up in arms. The loss flowed from a...

read more

Ferrari takes “full-blooded” action against charity

Ferrari is taking legal action against a charity in Italy because it wants to use the charity’s name for its new SUV. The luxury car manufacturer and the Purosangue Foundation, which states its objectives as “[t]he promotion for the public benefit of participation in...

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Sky v Skykick – how will post-Brexit UK react?

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has finally ruled on the Sky v Skykick case, essentially finding in Sky’s favor. The telecommunications and TV giant had brought proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off against Skykick, a provider of cloud technology...

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Loch Ness Spirits crowdfund to fight trademark action

Loch Ness Spirits, a gin and absinthe company founded by Kevin Ross and Lorien Cameron-Ross in 2015, has turned to crowdfunding in order to raise £30,000 for legal fees in order to pay costs arising from its ongoing battle with a Scotch distillery over its use of the...

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“Amazon Pharmacy” trademark filed globally

Amazon has applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register the trademark “Amazon Pharmacy”, in a move that has, unsurprisingly, been taken as a strong indication that Amazon intends to enter the UK’s pharmaceutical space. This follows recent and...

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US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

Having trademarked their new charity, “Sussex Royal” in the UK, and following a turbulent week for the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face an additional and perhaps entirely foreseeable IP road-bump, with news that a US lawyer...

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Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing technology developer iYuba has been ordered to pay the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) damages and costs totaling some 1 million yuan (around $145,000) after a Chinese court found that the company, which develops applications designed to help Chinese...

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Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Leading international IP firm Rouse has announced the appointment of Yana Tsygankova as the new Country Manager for Russia. Highly experienced in IP enforcement and prosecution cases across Russia and CIS, Yana has been a core member of Rouse's Moscow team since the...

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Harry and Meghan’s trademark spree

Having formally split from the joint charitable foundation, The Royal Foundation, they previously shared with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and amid continuing rumors of animosity between the two couples, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan...

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Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

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Injunction changes everything for Nike campaign

Sportswear giant Nike has been forced to suspend a significant advertising campaign, unveiled earlier this year at a Major League Baseball game and said to have cost some $16 million, after a federal court in North Carolina found that the campaign’s slogan “Sport...

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Vegan butchers sharpen knives after USPTO decision

The USPTO has caused consternation and anger after it approved Nestlé’s trademark application for “The Vegan Butcher”, having previously rejected a pair of vegan chefs’ application for the strikingly similar “vegan butcher” on the basis that the term was “merely...

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Defending a brand against descriptive use

Kathy Atkinson, Legal Director, Kettle Foods UK, outlines the strategies she employs when defending the KETTLE mark against descriptive use.

Trademark protection for startups

Jéssica Yukari Hayashi Silva, Attorney-at-law at Di Blasi, Parente & Advogados Associados, discusses the importance of trademark protection for startups.

Parallel Branding

Rachel Pasher Eijkenaar, Adv. offers the term “Parallel Branding” as a means of describing how a number of brands can live and work simultaneously within one business transaction.

Boris, Brexit and IP

Aaron Wood, Partner at Keystone Law, discusses how Britain’s exit from the European Union will impact intellectual property in the UK.

OFAC allows payment of fees for IP rights in Venezuela

Ricardo A. Antequera, Managing Partner of Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez, discusses recent changes for IP rights payments in Venezuela.

China’s unique classification system

Maggie Yang, Partner at Corner Stone & Partners, examines China’s idiosyncratic methodology when it comes to trademark classification.

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