nirvana and heaven tshirts

Turn that frown upside-down!

Designer Marc Jacobs is shaking up the fashion world again! In December 2018, the estate of rock band Nirvana filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against renowned fashion label Marc Jacobs for using their signature ‘happy face’ logo on their t-shirt. The logo was created by the band’s frontman the late Kurt Cobain and, as it…

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Do photographers always require signed image release forms?

In short – sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. The key issues at play are: i)                    does a photograph amount to “personal data”?; and ii)                   did the individual being photographed reasonably expect privacy at the time of the photograph being taken? Let’s look at each in turn: i)                    Most of the time, photographs will be…

Babybel cheese

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…

smartwatch

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…