Is UKIP a UK IP infringer?

Last week the UK Independence Party (or UKIP) unveiled its new logo trade mark at its annual conference…and that’s it (drum roll) above! The mark uses the words ‘UKIP FOR THE NATION’ and a motif (or “device”) of a Lion’s head. Both the word and logo appear in UKIP’s party colours. However, almost as soon…

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Facebook Reportedly tries to Licence Rights for its Users to Upload Videos containing Songs

In 2014, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly stated that “in five years, most of [Facebook] will be video”. You only need to look at your Facebook newsfeed to see that it is becoming dominated with users sharing, and tagging each other in, video posts. A further example of this move towards video can be seen in Facebook’s…

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Small print, big potential – the importance of a set of Terms & Conditions

People love saying things like: “don’t sweat the small stuff”, “go with the flow” and “why don’t you just chillax”. Something which is worth noting however is that these people are never lawyers. Lawyers very much sweat the small stuff, are often reluctant to flow anywhere and never say chillax (admittedly I don’t think anyone…

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Trade marks in China: court awards significant damages to US sportswear firm, New Balance

US sportswear firm, New Balance, has been awarded damages in excess of 10 million yuan (roughly £1.2m) by a Chinese court in relation to infringement of its famous “N” logo. The award follows systematic steps taken by Chinese authorities to strengthen national intellectual property laws. The new framework facilitates enforcement of intellectual property rights by…

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Luxury brand owners may soon be able to prevent the sale of their products online via Amazon and Ebay

On 26 July 2017, in the matter of Coty Germany GmbH v Parfümerie Akzente GmbH, at the European Court of Justice, Advocate General Wahl, stated a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit its authorised retailers from selling its products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay. Coty Germany is a luxury cosmetic brand, who…

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Untangling the Web of Spider-Man and Intellectual Property

‘Spider-Man’ recently returned to the big screen, making a cameo in Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and now in a new standalone Sony Pictures’ film entitled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Many fans had been calling for the ‘friendly neighbourhood hero’ to appear alongside Marvel’s other on screen superheroes, but this was more complicated than it may appear.…

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