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The Attack of the Toblerclones – Sale of Poundland’s ‘Twin Peaks’ allowed by Mondelez but only for a limited run!

Poundland announced in June 2017 its intentions to release a mountain-inspired chocolate bar, Twin Peaks, by December.  However, the product’s release was halted after it received a legal letter from Mondelez, the legal owners of the Toblerone brand, claiming trade mark infringement for the overall shape of the bar, the pyramid-shaped chocolate peaks, the prism-shaped gold packaging and the Matterhorn mountain logo. Rumoured to have shifted almost 40,000 bars in its first month of striking…
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Prior rights and pizza

The UK Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in Caspian Pizza and ors. v Shah and ors. [2017] EWCA Civ 1874, which has taken another look at whether someone with a valid ‘locality’ defence to trade mark infringement has sufficient right to invalidate the trade mark asserted against it. Background and first instance The background of the matter has some surprising complexity, simplified here to facts relevant to the Appeal for ease of reading.…
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Your copyright or mine? How to deal with joint ownership of copyright works

Have you ever worked on a commercial project with a friend, colleague or even a lover? When it was finished, were you clear on who owned the creative output? The reason I ask is that it’s often the case that this issue is a little fuzzy, particularly when it comes to copyright. Now don’t get me wrong, copyright is brilliant, in most countries it subsists automatically, without the need for a laborious registration process and…
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Sorry, did you say Intellectual Property was a dry subject?! Never!

UK IPO introduces cartoon series aimed at young children The UK Intellectual Property Office have released a new series of cartoons aimed at kids as young as seven years old to help them understand the issues surrounding intellectual property and infringement. Using the industry area most subject to copying, the campaign follows the story of Ed Shearling, a sheep and superfan of the band, Nancy and the Meerkats, who wants to become a star.  With…
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