Marvel Films and Registering Trade Marks

Whilst we await part two of Marvel’s (currently untitled) sequel to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, focus shifts to the upcoming stand-alone films and how they may add to the ‘Infinity War’ story. In October 2014, Marvel Studios announced an upcoming film for ‘Captain Marvel’ and a quick look at TMView reveals that various trade marks for “CAPTAIN…

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Spotify and the importance of Licences

Spotify has been at the forefront of providing a new way to instantly listen to (or rather stream) new songs released by your favourite artists and its model of providing free streaming services with adverts (which cannot be listened to offline) or monthly subscription streaming services (which do not have adverts and can be listened…

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Untangling the Web of Spider-Man and Intellectual Property

‘Spider-Man’ recently returned to the big screen, making a cameo in Marvel Studios’ ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and now in a new standalone Sony Pictures’ film entitled ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Many fans had been calling for the ‘friendly neighbourhood hero’ to appear alongside Marvel’s other on screen superheroes, but this was more complicated than it may appear.…

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Swatch What Happened to Apple’s IWATCH Trade Mark Application

Swatch’s opposition to Apple’s IWATCH trade mark application recently reached the High Court, where John Baldwin QC had to decide whether the marks were similar and if there was a likelihood of confusion. Background In September 2014, Swatch opposed Apple’s trade mark application for “IWATCH” arguing that its earlier (figurative) trade mark for “ISWATCH” was…