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Black Lives Matter

Attempt to Register ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I Can’t Breathe’ as trade marks should fail

It was inevitable really. In the midst of a tragedy and subsequent worldwide public outcry for an end to prejudice, inequality and injustice, someone has sought to benefit commercially from the situation. Stand up Mr Georgious Demitriou who through his company Licensed to Thrill has applied to register the trade marks Black Lives Matter and I Can’t Breathe. Filed on 6 June, the Black Lives Matter application seeks to secure rights in the mark for…
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Draft UK-EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement – a cause for hope for UK designers?

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…
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Bonzo Dog Dispute shows how emotions must not be brought to court

In November 2019 the 1960’s rock artists ‘The Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band’ won the right to carry on performing under that name. The story is at its heart a dispute between the band and Bob Carruthers, one-time manager and promoter of the band played out in a tussle for rights in the name. It shows how in the absence of parties properly discussing the business they want to do with each other and setting…
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The death of the Copyright Directive in the UK. Who will honour its memory and strive for better rights for creatives

About this time last year there were still pages of daily newsprint warning about the dire consequences that would befall our United Kingdom if we left the European Union without a deal. For those not suffering from Brexit fatigue you could be reminded that the sky may suddenly be devoid of planes, panic buying would ensue and we would be poorer, indeed far far poorer for generations. It occurred to me that all these things…
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Have Harry and Megan messed up again? Is Archewell properly protected against opportunists?

Have Megan  and Harry messed up again? No, I am not talking about the reported disintegrating relations with the Royal Family or taking trips on private jets while lecturing us all about climate change.  This is a blog about all things intellectual property. I am talking about their latest foray into the world of brand protection as the Sussexes continue their quest to establish their raison d’être. In particular I am asking whether their advisors have made…
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The Changing Face of Intellectual Property. Designer forgoes intellectual property rights to help fight virus

Last month I looked at whether in times of global crisis the attitude on how we share intellectual property may change. I reflected that ‘big pharma’ may see fit to co-operate with each other and government agencies to speed the development and deployment of an affordable vaccine for Covid-19. Since then I have been on the hunt for examples of those who are prepared to take a longer view on the protection and gainful exploitation of their inventions to bring some…
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Another 6 Lashes – Tiffany & Co block beautician’s application for ‘Cotswold lashes by Tiffany’

Way back in October 2018 we reported on the plight of Tiffany Palmer a Gloucester beautician who had applied for the trade mark ‘Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany’ for her salon only to receive a cease and desist letter from Tiffany the jeweller. Under the heading ‘6 Lashes for overbearing jeweller’ I said we thought the actions of the jeweller overbearing and that while Tiffany had a legitimate interest in protecting its brand, there was little…
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Intellectual property in a changed world

Will the current crisis bring about lasting change to the way in which we use Intellectual Property? We look at the areas where a little bit of altruism may go a long way. In a race against time to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus the traditional wisdom of how to manage intellectual property may change. Intellectual Property Rights are monopolistic and selfish creatures. They operate on the basis that to ensure innovation a…
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Brexit

IP Rights and Contracts after 1 January 2021. Time to Prepare

The UK left the EU on 31st January 2020. We are now in a transition period and for most businesses things will look and be the same as they have been. But don’t relax just yet. Just when you thought it was safe to take a step back from the turmoil of the last year we are encouraging business to start planning now for the new legal landscape that will apply from 1 January 2021.…
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Disney brings Christmas Cheer

Readers of my blog will know that one of my pet subjects is the extent to which big business responds to infringements. Often I have called out what I see as a disproportionate response to possible infringement by a small company who may have acted innocently. At times action has been taken by big business against a small company who are not infringing but who big business wants to scare off the outer perimeters of…
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