A recent decision from the EU Intellectual Property Office has affirmed that when registering a trade mark you need to carefully consider the requirements of each individual territory. In addition, the EU Intellectual Property confirmed that just because you have previously been granted a trade mark for a specific term, does not mean that you will automatically meet the necessary requirements for a trade mark. For those avid fans of the TV drama Gossip Girl,…continue reading
The Italian company Piaggio has recently won a case before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) regarding its iconic design for the “Vespa” scooter. The Vespa model in question, the Primavera, was protected by both a design registered for its shape back in 2013, a three-dimensional trade mark and by artistic copyright. Background The dispute began at the 2019 “Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori”, more commonly known by its acronym EICMA, a world-famous…continue reading
A recent High Court decision has confirmed the restrictive approach applied by the Courts when interpreting force majeure clauses. Whether a force majeure clause is enforceable or not has become increasingly important following the outbreak of Covid-19. This is because a properly drafted force majeure clause has the potential to excuse a contracting party from liability, when it is prevented from performing some or all of its contractual obligations under the contract, due to some…continue reading
Intellectual property (IP) is a blanket term under which falls a number of IP rights, these rights traditionally include copyright, designs, trade marks and patents. Usually these rights have some form of overlap, they work with each other to give the creator of the work protection against copying and, most importantly, value as IP is an asset which can be sold or licenced. Logos are a good example of how these IP rights come together.…continue reading
For some startups intellectual property is their main and the most valuable asset, and therefore it is extremely important to take care of their IP. Here are the 3 key things to think about to ensure you properly protect your IP and safeguard the value of your business: 1. Identify what IP you have and what you need to do protect it There are several types of intellectual property rights: · Copyright · Trade Marks…continue reading
Is there a glimmer of light for UK designers? Right there at Article 24, page 204 of the Government’s draft free trade deal is a statement which suggests that the UK will argue for ‘reciprocity’ for unregistered design rights between the UK and the 27 Member States of the EU. Given all this has happened in the last few months a recap may be in order. The issue is that at the end of the transition period…continue reading
In 2014, fashion brand Antonia Marras put nearly 50 looks on the runway during Milan Fashion Week. The theme for the collection was ‘the wolf and the moon’ and many of the pieces bore an image of a wolf which had been taken by photographer Daniel J. Cox. Marras never obtained permission from Cox to use the wolf image and Cox subsequently issued court proceedings in Italy for infringement of the copyright in the photograph.…continue reading
The effect of Covid-19 and Government Lockdown has asserted business to make employees work from home, many of whom will not have done so regularly before. This may make many businesses more vulnerable to attack or other cybersecurity issues. Business needs to consider the risks involved specially IT arrangements for remote working may not be as secure; employees may be unfamiliar with new IT arrangements for working from home; employees judgement to scams and suspicious…continue reading
The world is changing before our eyes. The Government restrictions are unlike anything we have seen before in our lives. The news takes us on an unprecedented emotional rollercoaster. In the midst of all the heart-breaking stories, a 100-year-old war veteran raises over £30 million for charity. In spite of all of this, there are aspects of life that nevertheless continue on in (pretty much) the usual way. One of those aspects is legal system…continue reading
Brand logos can be protected by copyright, as artistic works, and registered as trade marks. Clients often ask us whether it is worth applying to register their logo as a trade mark, if it is already protected by copyright. The answer to this question is that if the logo is used, or going to be used, it is sensible to also register the logo as a trade mark. Some of the reasons for this include:…continue reading
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“ My experience with Briffa has been brilliant. I approached Tom Synott about some copyright and IP help and the advice I received from the get go was superb. Tom’s response time has always been incredible and he has really gone above and beyond to hep me with any queries I had, both by phone and email. He really helped me sort out the problem I had with excellent knowledge and efficiency. Thank you!! ”
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