Heks’nkaas

Heks’nkaas fails to obtain copyright protection for the taste of cheese

A dispute over the exclusive right of reproduction due to the similarity in taste between two Dutch cheese producers, Levola, producer of ‘Heks’nkaas’, and Smilde, producer of ‘Witte Wievenkaas’, led to the Dutch Court of Appeal to refer questions to the CJEU: 1) Whether EU law allows copyright protection in taste; 2) If so, what requirements…

LDNR logo

Nike defeated in LNDR vs LDNR trade mark dispute

Sportswear giant, Nike in its recent campaign ‘Nothing beats a Londoner’ had been using the mark “LDNR” as an abbreviation for ‘Londoner’. Frank Industries which manufactures and sells ladies’ leisure wear commenced legal proceedings against Nike arguing that it had infringed its “LNDR” trade mark. Frank industries applied for an interim injunction, which it was…

Blockchain

Blockchain in media royalties

Blockchain is the latest buzzword on everyone’s lips and it’s not hard to see why; the technology has the potential to completely change how we create, secure and transfer intangible property ranging from money and insurance to contracts and IP. We deal with a number of clients in the media sector and of particular interest…