I love Joe Lycett. His dry wit never fails to disappoint. In particular, his stories about: tracking down a lost cat who answers to the name Samantha Peterson; writing a letter of complaint challenging a parking fine; and scamming a Gumtree scammer, are gold. All on YouTube. You go watch them, I’ll wait. What’s in a name? He’s funny, right? So, most recently, he made a name for himself (pun intended) by legally changing his…continue reading
The Imperial Enterprise Lab is an impressive physical and intellectual space where student innovators and entrepreneurs are inspired to put their creative skills and abilities into practice with a view to solving technological, scientific, social and environmental problems. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lab a few weeks ago to meet some students and alumni (some of whom are at the early stages of their journeys, and some of whom are already…continue reading
Earlier this week Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. (Sony) filed a trade mark application for “PS5” in Switzerland signalling the forthcoming launch of the fifth version of the world famous PlayStation games console. The trade mark application covers the console hardware, gaming software and other goods and services and claims priority from an earlier trade mark application filed in Jamaica in October 2019. It is common practice for companies to first file their trade mark applications…continue reading
On 12 December, the British public voted overwhelmingly to return Boris Johnson’s Conservative government to power. Last week, the Queen’s speech set out the Government’s plans for the next year and beyond, and with a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons, the now famous ‘oven-ready’ deal has sailed through parliament, which means that Britain will finally leave the European Union on 31 January 2020 and enter into a transition period during which…continue reading
Ferrero is the manufacturer of the well-known comfits marketed and sold under the ‘Tic Tac’ brand. If you don’t know what a ‘comfit’ is (I didn’t), it’s “a sweet consisting of a nut, seed, or other centre coated in sugar” (thanks, Google). ‘Tic Tac’ is obviously a very well-known brand name and is protected by various trade mark registrations for the words ‘Tic Tac’ and various versions of the Tic Tac logo in numerous territories…continue reading
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…continue reading
In 2017, British Singer Mina Lioness tweeted “I did a DNA test and found out I’m 100% that bitch.” It went viral. Seven months later, American singer Lizzo released her song ‘Truth Hurts’ which features the same memorable phrase. The two singers got into a spat about it on Twitter back in 2018, but it didn’t get much attention. However, matter has now flared back up again in 2019 because Lizzo (now an extremely successful…continue reading
17 July is noteworthy for a number of reasons. In 1048, it was the date on which Damasus II was elected pope. In 1821, it was the date on which the Kingdom of Spain ceded the territory of Florida to the United States. In 1955, it was the date on which Disneyland was opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California. And last but not least, since 2014, it is the date on which we now…continue reading
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…continue reading
Was GDPR really such a big deal? People started talking about the notorious GDPR in earnest in 2016. It was the veritable Eye of Sauron. It was definitely coming. And it was probably going to get you. Maybe your children too. There was a lot of talk about consent. If you overheard someone’s name or another piece of information that might identify them, it was best to get their explicit consent in writing. Ideally, in…continue reading
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