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IP on Board – Protecting Creativity in the Auto Industry

The auto industry is rich in IP. Trade marks protect all-important brand names, logos and taglines. Registered designs protect things like trade dress, upholstery patterns and the shape and design of wheels and other car parts. Patents protect various technologies and technological improvement in areas such as connectivity, locking, intelligent braking, reversing and steering and…

Peppa Pig

This little piggy went …

Wee wee wee … all the way to the General Court of the European Union. In 2016, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) found that the Peppa Pig logo and the Tobbia logo (both below) were not confusingly similar trade marks and, therefore, that the Tobbia trade mark should not be cancelled on the basis…

St Andrew

There’s more to St Andrew than golf!

He’s not just about golf and he’s not just the patron saint of Scotland. St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, Russia, Italy’s Amalfi and Barbados. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s the patron saint of singers, spinsters, maidens, fishmongers, fishermen, women wanting to be mothers, gout and sore throats too! Nevertheless, St…

girls v boys

Trade mark ‘scout’ wars – girls vs. boys

The Girl Scouts of America are suing the Boy Scouts of America, Arguing that the Boys’ recent rebranding (from Boys Scouts to Scouts) has caused consumer confusion, mistaken enrolment and misinformation about a merger between the two organisations. The two groups have coexisted peacefully for a long time, but problems arose when the “core gender…

Brexit deal

Brexit: Please don’t stop the music!

Almost 700,000 people marched on Parliament in London last week calling for a ‘people’s vote’ on the substance of the Brexit deal. Leavers say that it would be undemocratic to hold another vote. Remainers say that the consequences of Brexit will reliably outweigh the consequences of any single general election (we have one of those…