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…

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Have a break, have a naked KitKat!

Nestlé, have not established acquired distinctiveness for their four finger bar of chocolate. On 17 May 2017, the Court of Appeal dismissed Nestlé’s appeal to register a four finger KitKat as a trade mark in the UK. Nestlé’s application was opposed by Cadbury’s on the basis the mark lacked distinctive character, under s 3(1) (b) of…

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BriffaWay – Election Fever – What are the similarities of running a business and a general election?

While all elections have their own memorable moments, the general election of 1983 holds a particular place in labour party folklore as the party’s most traumatic defeat. Even now looking back nearly 33 years later I can’t quite believe the sheer awfulness of the campaign. Images of Michael Foot in donkey jacket riding on the…

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Verisign’s Latest Domain Name Industry Brief

Verisign, the company responsible for operating key Internet infrastructure (e.g. ‘.com’), has published its latest brief on the state of the domain name industry. The volume of domain names registered globally increased to approximately 329.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 with total country-specific registrations increasing to 142.7 million for the quarter.  Of the…

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Prince Restrained… Temporarily

Prince fans were left disappointed after a temporary restraining order obtained in the US courts prevented the release of the anticipated Deliverance EP. A five track collection of previously unreleased material – Deliverance – was due to be released on 21 April 2017 to coincide with the year anniversary of the artist’s death. However, within…

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‘Poké’ trade mark wars

Gotta catch ‘em all Nintendo owns a number of trade marks with the “Poké” prefix, some of which have been registered for almost 20 years. These include a variety of “Pokémon” trade marks that are used in relation to clothing and electronics (A.K.A. the Nintendo “Poké family”). The US trade mark register reveals approximately 60…

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