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Babybel loses red wax trade mark

Since 1996, the owner of Babybel, Fromageries Bel have had a trade mark registered for its prominent 3D round wax coating with the colour red for its cheese products. This month, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) issued a ruling invalidating the trade mark covering the red coating for Babybel cheese products. This trade mark…

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Copyright conundrums

Following on from our previous blog, the European Parliament has voted through the final draft of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the Directive). Having been mired in controversy for some time, the latest version passes with sixteen votes in favour and nine against. It is worth noting that the…

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Let’s Keep Watching….

We all know technology is constantly changing and evolving at a rapid speed. Currently, the latest craze is smartwatches (not sure for how long though!). There are a number of ways we can protect Intellectual Property rights in technological products/ advancements. The most obvious being a patent. However, a topical case here is based on…

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GDPR: What is “Personal Data”?

We see the question asked time and time again: “what information is considered to be personal data?”. And rightfully so. Having a clear understanding of information which is (and is not) “personal data” could be the difference between you being able to exploit that information to bring value to your business, and it not being…

MONSTER BATTLE: you want a pizza me?

Last year energy drink giant Monster Energy unsuccessfully opposed an application by a pop-up pizzeria to trade mark its name “Monsta Pizza”. See our earlier blog: Monsta Pizza wins TM case against Monster Energy. Monsta Pizza celebrated its win by posting on twitter on 21 August 2018: “WE Won! HOOZAH! Our name is ours ……

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Why is the draft copyright directive being proposed? How would you describe the state of EU copyright law?

The draft European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the Directive) is designed to better equip copyright owners to protect and enforce their rights against new types of threats posed by the internet. The EU’s view, shared by the Directive’s supporters, was that existing copyright laws are not designed to deal with…

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Taylor’s App comes to a Swift end

In December 2017 Popstar Taylor Swift launched her app The Swift Life to accompany her sixth album Reputation, allowing fans to interact with her and other fans in their own social community. She was then faced with a lawsuit from businessman Patrick Lloyd Yves Benot, the owner of a New York computer company called SwiftLife…