Taxi! Distinctiveness when it comes to trade mark registrations can often catch brands out

Trade marks are funny things really, they’re best described as “signs” or “signifiers of origin” and essentially they’re the way that consumers identify you. Because of this, they need to distinctive, so that consumers can distinguish your goods/services from the goods/services of your competitors. Typically brand names and logos are protected by trade marks as…

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Briffa Celebrates – Letproof – working to transform the world of renting and letting

Margaret was off on another Briffa Celebrates this week to catch up with internet entrepreneur Andrew Seymour. Andrew’s Letproof platform is ‘the future of letting’ and puts landlords and tenants together cutting out the need to visit a lettings agency. The service seems bang on queue for ‘generation rent’ and sign up to the service…

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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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