Over the last few days it has been difficult to escape the widespread coverage of the anonymised injunction obtained by Sir Philip Green preventing publication by The Telegraph newspaper of allegations against him by a number of former employees; and the subsequent decision by Lord Hain to use his Parliamentary privilege to identify Sir Philip as the business executive who had obtained the injunction. Background Sir Philip obtained an injunction preventing the release of his…continue reading
The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision that Argos Systems Inc (ASI), a US company, had not infringed Argos Ltd (AUL) registered trade marks for displaying Google adverts for AUL on its website <www.argos.com>. AUL is a well-known UK based consumer retailer which owns trade marks for the word ARGOS and the domain name <argos.co.uk>. ASI is an American company that trades in the US providing CAD software. Its trade is limited to…continue reading
Following from our recent article on the implications of blockchain for royalty management and distribution in the media industry, further practical applications are being offered by several pundits. In this article, we consider the impact for anti-counterfeiting in particular. From paintings to fashion pieces and luxury goods, being able to prove the authenticity of a particular piece is the first step in being able to exploit it for commercial use: few people are going to want…continue reading
We reported here back in September on the efforts of Prince’s estate to clamp down on a bootleg label dedicated to the Purple One. Now Paisley Park Enterprises, the company that manages Price’s rights has the bit between its teeth again, this time applying to the US Patent and Trademark Office for a trade mark registration for the colour purple. There is no denying that the colour purple is associated with Prince and after the…continue reading
Trade mark hijacking in in China has been a big issue for the businesses we work with for some time. A combination of low filing costs and the first to file system in China has fuelled an industry in rogue filings. Many businesses have faced problems and had to pay off individuals or companies that have filed with the specific purpose of extorting money from the rightful brand owner. And it’s not just new and…continue reading
Last month we reported on The Department of International Trade’s consultation on prospective trade agreements. This month we are pleased to see that The Bookseller has reported on the response submitted by The Society of Authors which sends a loud and clear message to the government that copyright must not be watered down and used as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations. Quite right. Our creative industries are successful here and abroad and the success…continue reading
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