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How can I protect my IP within the food and drink industry?

Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in the food and drinks industry is crucial. The market is very competitive and it is important that your products stand out in the crowd. How else can you convince a consumer, who has never tasted your product, to purchase your goods over a competitors? Your enticing brand name, your unique recipe or your beautiful packaging are all factors that are hugely valuable and are worth protecting. So, with that…
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Adidas and the dog-eat-dog world of trade marks

Earlier this month, the trade mark office in Japan decided in favour of Adidas and refused to register “adidog” as a trade mark on the ground that the mark was confusingly similar to the Adidas trade mark. The “adidog” trade mark application was filed by an individual covering clothing for pets and Adidas opposed the application arguing that the use and registration of the “adidog” mark would confuse consumers. The trade mark office in Japan…
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Trade Mark Trumps

A defining feature of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the war on so called “fake news” (and, depending on your view point) whether this actually relates to fake news or simply news that Mr Trump disagrees with. One organisation in the USA which definitely falls in to the latter camp is the Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the oldest association of journalists in the USA. SPJ has teamed up with…
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Rubik’s Cube fail to solve the 3D trade mark puzzle

Like many other things big in the 80s, the Rubik’s Cube has a cult following around the world. A simple toy consisting of six faces each covered by nine stickers has sold more than 400 million units since its invention in 1974… I still can’t get all the colours to match up, and I’ve been told that it’s “cheating” to take it apart and put it back together in order. Given its iconic status and…
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MUSIC – What is a distribution deal and do I need one?

As a musician or producer, once you have finished your latest track or EP, the next step is to push your music for release. For signed artists, this is usually taken care of by your label. For independent artists, this is something you need to arrange yourself. Nowadays, it’s all about the streams, especially in the early stages of your career. The royalties you perceive per stream are quite low, and certainly lower than traditional…
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UDRPlease can I have that domain name

The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Process (UDRP) is incorporated via contract into all generic top-level domain names (gTLD) these include .com, .net and .org. This means that the owners of gTLDs will have signed up to resolve disputes (if requested by a third party) by way of the UDRP. The UDRP is a quick cost-effective way of resolving domain disputes which is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). There is a wealth…
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Audius – good or bad for the music industry?

You may or may not understand the full inner workings of how blockchain works – but to put it simply, a blockchain is a collection of data. The chain is created by adding these blocks in chronological and sequential order to each other.  Blockchain is most widely associated with the use of Cryptocurrency, however Audius is a blockchain based music streaming service. It promises to be an “alternative to SoundCloud” by helping artists publish, commercialise…
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Katy Perry fanning the Flame

You may recall my beautifully written article last month about the judgment against Katy Perry in which she and Capitol records were ordered to pay the generous sum of $2.78 million in damages to Marcus Gray aka Flame (apparently he is big in the Christian rap game) over her song Dark Horse which tore up the charts many moons ago in 2013. In a dramatic turn of events, Perry is now striking back with an…
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The Clash in a clash with Wilson over trade mark dispute

Recently Dorisimo Ltd, a company established by members of The Clash, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Wilson Sporting Goods. It accused Wilson of infringing its trade mark by introducing a line of tennis rackets called “Clash”. Dorisimo claims that the rackets are “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception” among customers who could assume that the band, known for hits like Rock the Casbah, London Calling and Should I Stay or…
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Banksy launches a pop-up shop to battle trade mark invalidation

In the beginning of October the famous street artist Banksy launched a pop-up shop in London for the sale of ‘impractical and offensive’ merchandise. The Croydon-based ‘Gross Domestic Product’ offers for sale items such as sofa cushions with the inscription “Life’s too short to take advice from a cushion” and a children’s counting toy where wooden migrant figures are loaded inside a haulage truck. The reason behind the launch of the homeware store selling Banksy’s…
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