A recent decision from the EU Intellectual Property Office has affirmed that when registering a trade mark you need to carefully consider the requirements of each individual territory. In addition, the EU Intellectual Property confirmed that just because you have previously been granted a trade mark for a specific term, does not mean that you will automatically meet the necessary requirements for a trade mark. For those avid fans of the TV drama Gossip Girl,…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
Brand logos can be protected by copyright, as artistic works, and registered as trade marks. Clients often ask us whether it is worth applying to register their logo as a trade mark, if it is already protected by copyright. The answer to this question is that if the logo is used, or going to be used, it is sensible to also register the logo as a trade mark. Some of the reasons for this include:…continue reading
Briffa was recently involved in a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) which raised some novel points and ultimately resulted in a finding of reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH) against the complainant. That is, despite the complainant requesting the proceedings be terminated. In Case No. D2019-2738 In Loco Tecnologia da Informação S.A. v. Perfect Privacy, LLC. / Dermot O’Halloran, ZZG Ltd Briffa acted for the respondent, Dermot O’Halloran, ZZG Ltd. The complainant filed the complaint alleging…continue reading
In November 2019 the 1960’s rock artists ‘The Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band’ won the right to carry on performing under that name. The story is at its heart a dispute between the band and Bob Carruthers, one-time manager and promoter of the band played out in a tussle for rights in the name. It shows how in the absence of parties properly discussing the business they want to do with each other and setting…continue reading
Have Megan and Harry messed up again? No, I am not talking about the reported disintegrating relations with the Royal Family or taking trips on private jets while lecturing us all about climate change. This is a blog about all things intellectual property. I am talking about their latest foray into the world of brand protection as the Sussexes continue their quest to establish their raison d’être. In particular I am asking whether their advisors have made…continue reading
Way back in October 2018 we reported on the plight of Tiffany Palmer a Gloucester beautician who had applied for the trade mark ‘Cotswold Lashes by Tiffany’ for her salon only to receive a cease and desist letter from Tiffany the jeweller. Under the heading ‘6 Lashes for overbearing jeweller’ I said we thought the actions of the jeweller overbearing and that while Tiffany had a legitimate interest in protecting its brand, there was little…continue reading
I love Joe Lycett. His dry wit never fails to disappoint. In particular, his stories about: tracking down a lost cat who answers to the name Samantha Peterson; writing a letter of complaint challenging a parking fine; and scamming a Gumtree scammer, are gold. All on YouTube. You go watch them, I’ll wait. What’s in a name? He’s funny, right? So, most recently, he made a name for himself (pun intended) by legally changing his…continue reading
Back in April 2015, the film studio behind German comedy film “Fack Ju Göhte” did what film studios are expected to do in that situation– they filed a trade mark for the title of their film. This made perfect sense – the sequel to the first instalment (released in 2013) was on its way, and they wanted to protect the IP in the name of their growing franchise. The EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) had…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
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