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Who owns your IP?

For some startups intellectual property is their main asset. But if you are not careful, one of your most valuable assets might not actually belong to your company.
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No such thing as ‘Icelandic feta’

In April Greek MP Emmanouil Fragkos filed a complaint with the European Parliament regarding the Islandic company MS Iceland Dairies producing and selling ‘feta’ cheese products. ‘Feta’ is a protected designation of origin held by Greece, which means that only Greece, and not any other country, can brand its cheese as ‘feta’ if it conforms with certain rules of production. Protected designation of origin is a name of a region, place or country used to…
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Startups and IP: 3 key things to think about

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…
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Intellectual Property Sharing in the face of pandemic

A number of businesses, universities and scientists are changing their approach to the intellectual property rights management in a concerted effort to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally intellectual property rights grant their owners a monopoly over exploitation of their creations (be it patented inventions, designs, software or other copyright protected materials) to incentivise innovation and commercially reward them for their investment in the research and development. However, the world is currently facing an unprecedented global…
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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:…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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