Trade marks and registrations

Unofficial organisation seeking payment from trade mark owners – a warning from the UK Intellectual Property Office about the Patent and Trademark Organisation

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The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) is currently reaching out to trade mark owners to warn them of a private company seeking substantial payment for the renewal of their trade mark. More …

Should you be influencing your influencers?

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We look at the new guidance published by the Competition and Markets Authority for social media influencers. Should you be influencing your influencers? More …

'Changes to UK trade mark law – the Trade Marks Regulations 2018

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The Trade Marks Regulations 2018 ("the Regulations") came into effect on 14 January 2019 implementing the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015. The Regulations make various changes to UK trade mark law through the Trade Marks Act 1994 ("the Act") and the Trade Mark Rules 2018 ("the Rules"). More …

Brexit and trade marks: an update

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On 25 September 2018 the UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") updated its guidance on Brexit and its impact on trade marks, specifically EUTMs. More …

Success for New Balance in China trade mark dispute

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A recent case demonstrates the growing support Courts in China are beginning to show towards brand owners. Click here to read about New Balance's success in court. More …

Can brand owners distance their products from the likes of mass retailers?

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A number of brand owners do not consider some online platforms to be appropriate marketplaces for their products. The question being raised is how much control can a brand owner exert over a retailer with regard to how it chooses to sell the products? More …

Is your IPTV box "legit"?

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A pub landlord was being sued by Football Association Premier League Limited for copyright infringement for using a IPTV box. Here is what happened next. More …

McCartney files US lawsuit against Sony/ATV over reclaiming Beatles copyright.

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Paul McCartney yesterday (18 January 2017) filed papers in Federal Court in New York seeking a declaration that is entitled to reclaim the rights to a number of songs that he co-wrote with John Lennon from September 1962 to June 1971. More …

The dangers of using false accreditations

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The recent case of National Guild of Removers and Storers Ltd v Bee Moved Ltd demonstrates the dangers of falsely claiming accreditation with an association. More …

Night club owner faces prison sentence due to ongoing Copyright Infringement

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A night club owner has been sentenced to three months imprisonment on a suspended sentence, in addition to payment of £5,177 damages to the claimant and £17,000 in costs, for playing sound recordings in public without a licence in contempt of court. More …