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Mon Dieu, Dior!

The luxury fashion house Dior has recently come in to the spot light for allegedly infringing the copyright of a popular Instagram influencer, ‘SwedishandStylish’.
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Beyond Bricks and Mortar

The Advocate General of the Court of the Justice of the EU (CJEU) has just issued an opinion that could have welcome implications for a number of businesses in these uncertain times.
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Viva Vespa

The Italian company Piaggio has recently won a case before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) regarding its iconic design for the “Vespa” scooter. The Vespa model in question, the Primavera, was protected by both a design registered for its shape back in 2013, a three-dimensional trade mark and by artistic copyright. Background The dispute began at the 2019 “Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori”, more commonly known by its acronym EICMA, a world-famous…
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Between two Skies

In a seminal update to current trade mark law, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently issued its judgment in the long running case of Sky v Skykick which could have significant implications for trade mark practice in both the UK and EU. By way of background, Skykick is a rapidly growing US company that provides global cloud management software for IT service providers. Sky is a household name which provides…
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Dark Horse Dispute Runs On

If you have been keeping track of our updates on this case here then you will know that at the end of last year, a federal jury found against Katy Perry for alleged copyright infringement in her song “Dark Horse” (the second biggest selling song for 2014). The case was brought by a Christian rapper called Marcus Gray in 2014 and alleged that Perry and her team had plagiarised his song “Joyful Noise” (Gray also…
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Gin, Vera Lynn and a Timely Trade Mark Win

On 14 July 2019, the Liverpool based drinks company Halewood International Brands applied to trade mark “VERA LYNN” for alcoholic beverages (the Application). Upon being alerted to the Application via her lawyers, Dame Vera Lynn the singer known as “the force’s sweetheart” for her songs that were popular throughout the Second World War, lodged an opposition to the Application on 1 October 2019. The opposition was based on s.5(4)(a) and s.3(6) of the Trade Marks…
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Influencers, Instagram and a Pretty Little Problem

The rise of the Influencer The cast of Love Island are used to being in the press for a number of reasons, not least because of the large amounts of money they stand to make from sponsorship deals after leaving the villa. With the latest winner, Amber Gill, reputedly said to have bagged a cool one million pounds after signing a collaboration with the fashion retailer MissPap, this latest iteration of the influencer trend clearly…
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Trade Mark Trumps

A defining feature of Donald Trump’s presidency has been the war on so called “fake news” (and, depending on your view point) whether this actually relates to fake news or simply news that Mr Trump disagrees with. One organisation in the USA which definitely falls in to the latter camp is the Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the oldest association of journalists in the USA. SPJ has teamed up with…
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The Pets Factor

Background On 29 June 2017, TV format creator Mark Duffy decided to apply for an amusing trade mark under the name of “The Pets Factor” (the Application), presumably unaware of the furore that was shortly to be generated by the well-known patron of a similar brand. The application proceeded to publication on 21 July 2017 where it was summarily opposed by Fremantlemedia Limited and Simco (the Opponents), both companies tied to the TV judge Simon…
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Trade Mark Trials and Tribulations

We are often asked whether trade marks are a worthwhile investment by prospective clients. The answer for the majority of clients is undoubtedly yes: whilst securing one does involve some small initial outlay, this is minimal in comparison to a number of other intellectual property rights and particularly so for those such as patents. In addition, trade marks are a key asset for any brand: they are the only way to record the intangible ‘good…
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