The Italian company Piaggio has recently won a case before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) regarding its iconic design for the “Vespa” scooter. The Vespa model in question, the Primavera, was protected by both a design registered for its shape back in 2013, a three-dimensional trade mark and by artistic copyright. Background The dispute began at the 2019 “Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori”, more commonly known by its acronym EICMA, a world-famous…continue reading
For some startups intellectual property is their main and the most valuable asset, and therefore it is extremely important to take care of their IP. Here are the 3 key things to think about to ensure you properly protect your IP and safeguard the value of your business: 1. Identify what IP you have and what you need to do protect it There are several types of intellectual property rights: · Copyright · Trade Marks…continue reading
Is there a glimmer of light for UK designers? Right there at Article 24, page 204 of the Government’s draft free trade deal is a statement which suggests that the UK will argue for ‘reciprocity’ for unregistered design rights between the UK and the 27 Member States of the EU. Given all this has happened in the last few months a recap may be in order. The issue is that at the end of the transition period…continue reading
The world is changing before our eyes. The Government restrictions are unlike anything we have seen before in our lives. The news takes us on an unprecedented emotional rollercoaster. In the midst of all the heart-breaking stories, a 100-year-old war veteran raises over £30 million for charity. In spite of all of this, there are aspects of life that nevertheless continue on in (pretty much) the usual way. One of those aspects is legal system…continue reading
The Imperial Enterprise Lab is an impressive physical and intellectual space where student innovators and entrepreneurs are inspired to put their creative skills and abilities into practice with a view to solving technological, scientific, social and environmental problems. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lab a few weeks ago to meet some students and alumni (some of whom are at the early stages of their journeys, and some of whom are already…continue reading
Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in the food and drinks industry is crucial. The market is very competitive and it is important that your products stand out in the crowd. How else can you convince a consumer, who has never tasted your product, to purchase your goods over a competitors? Your enticing brand name, your unique recipe or your beautiful packaging are all factors that are hugely valuable and are worth protecting. So, with that…continue reading
In 2013 in Portugal G-Star Raw brought a copyright infringement claim against a clothing company called Cofemel in relation to their signature designs of jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. G-Star Raw stated that their fashion designs were protected by copyright as they were the designer’s own intellectual creations (which is the harmonised standard of originality requirement in the EU). The case was subsequently referred to the CJEU to determine whether Member States should be free to…continue reading
Black Panther is a blockbuster Marvel movie produced in 2018. The superhero movie was based on a fictional African country Wakanda, a hidden technologically advanced country. Black Panther became the first comic book and superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, as well as the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win an Academy Award. The movie illustrates and draws from African heritage. The movie went on to…continue reading
For most people in the UK, whichever side of the political divide they sit, mentioning Brexit is fast becoming the equivalent to running over your neighbour’s cat. Careless, disrespectful and, ultimately, unforgivable. However, you’re going to have to forgive me for bringing it up again. Not because I want to upset you but instead because I want to warn you (and I promise this isn’t project fear). I need to warn you that now is…continue reading
We all know so many brand names and businesses that have become household names for us. I think we can all agree that Nike is one of those household brand names we all know. Nike is a global brand that designs, creates and sells athletic and sportswear. Companies such as Nike that have a global presence around the world really take their intellectual property rights seriously and in doing so have reached the heights of…continue reading
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