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XOXO … EUIPO

A recent decision from the EU Intellectual Property Office has affirmed that when registering a trade mark you need to carefully consider the requirements of each individual territory. In addition, the EU Intellectual Property confirmed that just because you have previously been granted a trade mark for a specific term, does not mean that you will automatically meet the necessary requirements for a trade mark. For those avid fans of the TV drama Gossip Girl, these four letters…
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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 annual motorcycle trade…
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Court forces out a force majeure clause

A recent High Court decision has confirmed the restrictive approach applied by the Courts when interpreting force majeure clauses. Whether a force majeure clause is enforceable or not has become increasingly important following the outbreak of Covid-19. This is because a properly drafted force majeure clause has the potential to excuse a contracting party from liability, when it is prevented from performing some or all of its contractual obligations under the contract, due to some event beyond its…
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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. Let’s start at…
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Startups and IP: 3 key things to think about

For some startups intellectual property is their main and the most valuable asset, and therefore it is extremely important to take care of their IP. Here are the 3 key things to think about to ensure you properly protect your IP and safeguard the value of your business: 1. Identify what IP you have and what you need to do protect it There are several types of intellectual property rights: · Copyright · Trade Marks · Design rights…
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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 which looks set…
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PHOTOGRAPHER COMES OUT ON TOP IN ‘WOLF’ COPYRIGHT CASE

In 2014, fashion brand Antonia Marras put nearly 50 looks on the runway during Milan Fashion Week. The theme for the collection was ‘the wolf and the moon’ and many of the pieces bore an image of a wolf which had been taken by photographer Daniel J. Cox. Marras never obtained permission from Cox to use the wolf image and Cox subsequently issued court proceedings in Italy for infringement of the copyright in the photograph. The court agreed…
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Covid and Cybercrime

The effect of Covid-19 and Government Lockdown has asserted business to make employees work from home, many of whom will not have done so regularly before. This may make many businesses more vulnerable to attack or other cybersecurity issues. Business needs to consider the risks involved specially IT arrangements for remote working may not be as secure; employees may be unfamiliar with new IT arrangements for working from home; employees judgement to scams and suspicious communications during this…
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