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
Basketball star Kawhi Leonard is taking on Nike, his former sponsor, in a trade mark dispute over his personal logo. Kawhi originally designed his signature logo, “KLAW”, in his college years, a design which consists of his initials ‘KL’ and his jersey number ‘2’ stylised into the shape of his famously large hands which, spectators say, have contributed to his success as a basketball player. According to the lawsuit, Kawhi gave Nike permission to use…continue reading
Nirvana has issued proceedings for copyright infringement against Marc Jacobs International, alleging that that the fashion brand is infringing the copyright in the band’s smiley face logo. The complaint filed by Nirvana claims that the late Kurt Cobain created the logo in 1991 and Nirvana has used it since 1992 to identify its music. In November 2018, Marc Jacobs International released several items including a t-shirt as part of its “Bootleg Redux Grunge” collection. Nirvana…continue reading
Wimbledon is upon us again and at first it appears that not much has changed; the sun is shining and you are clutching a bowl of luscious strawberries drenched in cream. However, as Roger Federer steps onto the grass, it is clear that something has changed – Federer is not wearing his usual Nike branded clothes, rather he is wearing an outfit sponsored by UNIQLO. Federer’s new 10-year deal is reportedly worth £228 million, and…continue reading
Speed matters – and not just on the track! Liberty Media has recently invested in rebranding Formula One after it bought the sport in 2017 for $8bn (£6bn). It decided to ditch the previous logo for a new one to the dismay of many; Sebastian Vettel stated that he “…liked the old one better” and Lewis Hamilton remarked that “the old one was iconic, and the new one isn’t”. However, this is the least of…continue reading
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