Customary in the Trade?

The essential function of a trade mark is to guarantee the identity of origin of the goods or services to the consumer, to allow the consumer to distinguish the goods or services of one undertaking from those of other undertakings. In the UK and EU, signs that are customary in the trade are signs that…

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Three stripes trade mark wars: ADIDAS vs. ELEAGUE

Global sportswear manufacturer Adidas has recently filed an opposition against Turner Broadcasting System’s (TBS) ELEAGUE three stripes logo (comparison picture above). ELEAGUE is a professional esports league that began broadcasting in the summer of 2016 on TBS. The notice of opposition highlighted ADIDAS’s sponsorship of the FIFA Interactive World Cup tournament, a video game competition…

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The Rise of the Geo-tag Vandals. Could this be a new sub-category of copyright infringement?

On 3rd October, Snapchat launched its collaboration project “Art All Around You”, an art initiative aimed at raising the profile of well-known and lesser known artists with the world by geo-tagging images of iconic works of art across the augmented reality landscape; one example was Jeff Koons’ balloon dog in Central Park, NYC.  Some lauded…

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Is UKIP a UK IP infringer?

Last week the UK Independence Party (or UKIP) unveiled its new logo trade mark at its annual conference…and that’s it (drum roll) above! The mark uses the words ‘UKIP FOR THE NATION’ and a motif (or “device”) of a Lion’s head. Both the word and logo appear in UKIP’s party colours. However, almost as soon…

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