BOOK YOUR FREE LEGAL ASSESSMENT WITH OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SOLICITORS

We can help with a wide range of legal issues. We are waiting to hear from you.

How to protect a TV format

Game show formats and reality TV shows like Love Island and Big Brother have been extremely popular not only in the UK, but also internationally. Format rights are therefore important both commercially and creatively, however, since a TV format is essentially an idea for a TV programme, it is difficult to protect it as copyright works (as copyright does not protect ideas). In the UK, TV format can potentially be subject to copyright protection as:…
continue reading
Fabric design

Fabrics can be protected by copyright in the UK

In a recent case the UK court ruled that fabric design can be protected by copyright as a work of artistic craftsmanship and the sale of clothes made from such fabric can amount to copyright infringement. Response, a clothing company, supplied EWM, a major retailer of clothing, with women’s tops made of a jacquard fabric with a ‘wave arrangement’ design. After Response increased their prices, EWM found alternative suppliers of the clothing items made from…
continue reading
Outdoor signage written on multiple languages

Foreign Language Words as Trade Marks in the UK and EU

Over the last decade a growing number of overseas businesses have been expanding into the UK and EU, and a lot of them are targeting the nationals of their countries that currently reside here. A question therefore arises – can an overseas business register a UK/EU trade mark in their own language using non-Roman alphabet? According to the UKIPO and EUIPO guidelines, the words in foreign non-Roman languages can indeed be registered as a trade…
continue reading
Style

Legal Risks of Using Style Names

It is common practice for fashion, beauty and design industries generally to use style names to differentiate between their products and lines – think of iconic Hermes’ ‘Birkin’ and ‘Kelly’ bags –  which is far more convenient and customer-friendly than applying numerical codes to the products. These creative industries are very fast-moving, with numerous new products and styles being introduced at least every season – and the designers come up with dozens new style names…
continue reading
Shop

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…
continue reading
Fashion

The only requirement for copyright protection of fashion designs in the EU is their originality

In 2013 in Portugal G-Star Raw brought a copyright infringement claim against a clothing company called Cofemel in relation to their signature designs of jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. G-Star Raw stated that their fashion designs were protected by copyright as they were the designer’s own intellectual creations (which is the harmonised standard of originality requirement in the EU). The case was subsequently referred to the CJEU to determine whether Member States should be free to…
continue reading
Beer

Hugo Boss forces Boss Brewing to change the names of its beers

A small Welsh brewery received a cease-and-desist letter from the fashion giant Hugo Boss after applying to register the trade marks for the names of its award-winning beers (Boss Black, a 5% ABV stout, and  Boss Boss, a 7.4% ABV double IPA). It should have taken Boss Brewing a few hundred pounds to register the trade marks, however, they ended up spending nearly £10,000 on several month long legal battle with Hugo Boss. The clothing…
continue reading
GDPR

GDPR begins to bite

It has been a little over a year since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force, imposing extensive privacy and data protection requirements and raising penalties for non-compliance to a maximum of 4% of annual worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater. It has been quiet for a while since the introduction of new law, until in the beginning of July 2019 the ICO announced the plans to impose 2 record-breaking fines in…
continue reading

Key Practice Areas

Briffa’s highly trained team can assist you with a wide range of legal issues, from fixed-fee trade mark and design applications to dealing with IP disputes and drafting contracts. Contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange your free legal assessment.

Submit a query or book a FREE consultation
with one of our specialist solicitors:

BOOK YOUR FREE LEGAL ASSESSMENT

We can help with a wide range of legal issues. We are waiting to hear from you.

Latest Tweets

About Briffa

Briffa is a firm of leading intellectual property solicitors based in London. We’re creative, transparent and competitively priced — our highly skilled team provides the level of expertise and quick turnaround times you need to ensure your intellectual property and business interests remain protected.

We help clients across a broad range of sectors and we’re experts in brand strategy and IP portfolio management — our team can help your business grow, giving you a competitive edge that increases the value of your business for either investment or eventual sale.

If you would like some FREE advice on protecting your intellectual property and increasing your market share just request a FREE legal assessment with one of our intellectual property solicitors today.

Google-Reviews-transparent-300x150 Copy@2x

What Our Clients Say

Briffa has served hundreds of satisfied clients across a broad range of sectors since our creation in 1995. We’re proud to be leading intellectual property solicitors, but don’t just take our word for it
— here’s what our clients have to say.

AFCI
CA-Mark-Complete-Black-hi-res
BIPC_London_with-BL-Logo
mia
BRITISH FOOTWEAR ASSOCIATION
Knowledge Quarter
Newable Logo Colour
Knowledge Transfer Network
GCA 2020 logo Colour v
SOA_col_rgb
PBC-LOGO-12-cmyk-300dpi
Menu