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Angry Birds trade mark wars!

Angry Birds is a beloved mobile game created by Rovio Entertainment. It was first released for iOS in 2006 and since then it has been downloaded billions of times worldwide. There has also been an Angry Birds movie, a comic book mini-series and a comic strip series. The sequel to the first movie is due to be released in the US this year. Needless to mention, Angry Birds is a mega money-maker. So it’s not…
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brand identity

Three stripes and you’re out!

We can all sympathise with a company trying to protect its brand identity, indeed this is exactly why we have a trade mark registration system. However, this system does have limits and every-so-often those limits are tested rather extensively. This is particularly true of the recent saga with an EU trade mark held by adidas… Way back in 2014 the company registered a slightly unusual trade mark. It was effectively an image of their famous…
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On brand: what start-ups need to know about registered trade marks

If you’re setting up your own business then you know that your brand is one of your most powerful assets. You’ve put time and creative energy into developing it, but how can you be sure that it won’t be used by someone else? With a registered trade mark start-ups win on every front – their brands are offered the best protection from infringement by competitors. What is a trade mark? A trade mark is a…
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It’s boohoo at Boohoo as creative sues for £118.5 million

We have said it before but it is worth repeating, get it in writing! Why? Because time and time again we are consulted by those who have contributed creative work unpaid to a start-up business with the promise of a reward of some kind which then does not materialise. This week this same story has hit the papers again. Boohoo, the online fashion retailer that has seen a surge in revenue and profits is being sued…
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Do you need permission to use press coverage?

So, your business or product has been featured in a newspaper or magazine article and you want to share it with the world. Are you free to do so? You might think that because an article is about you or your business or your products that you can copy it, reproduce it, share it, or distribute it as you wish. This is not the case. The Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988 gives authors of…
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Wakanda’s Woes with copyright!

Black Panther is a blockbuster Marvel movie produced in 2018. The superhero movie was based on a fictional African country Wakanda, a hidden technologically advanced country. Black Panther became the first comic book and superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win an Academy Award. The movie illustrates and draws from African heritage. The movie went on to…
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classified and confidential

Want to keep it secret? Use an NDA

Somewhat counterintuitively, not all ideas and concepts can be protected by “intellectual property” rights (such as copyright, designs etc.). Instead, such information may only be protected by keeping it confidential – but what happens if you wish to disclose that information to third parties? Well, this is where non-disclosure agreements come into play. Background It goes without saying that tangible, physical creations can be protected by registered or unregistered IP rights (for example, artistic works…
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