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Beers, IP and chocolate

Three of my favourite things, although when they come together the results can mixed as S43 Brewery recently found out. The tale begins at the S43 Brewery where a rather tasty sounding peanut butter and fudge stout was being brewed. The stout in question was named “You’re Not You When You’re Thirsty”, a play on the classic Snicker’s “You’re not you when you’re hungry” campaign. By all reports S43’s You’re Not You When You’re Thirsty…
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Logos: dotting the “i”s and finishing the “p”s

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.…
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Domain Dispute Don’ts

Briffa was recently involved in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which raised some novel points and ultimately resulted in a finding of reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH) against the complainant. That is, despite the complainant requesting the proceedings be terminated. In Case No. D2019-2738 In Loco Tecnologia da Informação S.A. v. Perfect Privacy, LLC. / Dermot O’Halloran, ZZG Ltd Briffa acted for the respondent, Dermot O’Halloran, ZZG Ltd. The complainant filed the complaint alleging…
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Coronavirus & IP

We are living in unprecedented times, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) travel across the EU has been suspended, London tubes are running a reduced service and, unfortunately, many of us will be impacted on a personal level. However, Coronavirus is also having an impact on the world of intellectual property. I should note that at Briffa, we are continuing as normal, our practice continues and we continue to service and support our large…
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Confused or likely to be confused?

In the world of trade marks “confusion” is a big thing. Well actually it’s the “likelihood of confusion” that’s a big thing, actual confusion isn’t actually required – confused? Yes, me too and let’s hope this blog doesn’t confuse things. So why is the “likelihood of confusion” such a big deal: well I am glad you asked, in trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings to be successful a claimant, in most circumstances, must show three…
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Tiffany wins an opposition against UK beautician

Back in 2018 Tiffany Parmar applied to register a UK trade mark for ‘Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany’, covering class 3 (cosmetics), class 41 (beauty school services) and class 44 (beauty care). The jewellery retailer Tiffany & Co opposed this application later that year based on a number of their ‘Tiffany’ UK and EU trade marks. On 8 January 2020 the UKIPO decided that the marks were visually and phonetically similar to a low degree, but…
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Proof of use, proof of what

Owners of registered trade marks in the UK and EU have to use their trade mark if they want to be able to enforce it. That being said, there is a five year “grace period” from filing in which it is not necessary to demonstrate use of the trade mark to enforce it. After the five-year grace period, if a trade mark owner wants to file an opposition or look to enforce the trade mark…
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EUIPO: trade mark licencing brings significant revenue for SMEs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has released its recent study looking into SMEs and trade mark licencing. The figures are staggering! The survey has shown that the estimated annual revenues from licensing out EU Trade Marks (EUTM) by all SMEs in the EU is EUR 1.9 billion. This annual revenue is estimated as being EUR 64,924 per firm. Trade marks are brand identifiers, they establish a brands distinctiveness and are a go to…
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