Intellectual property news and updates

Rihanna wins Court of Appeal Trade Mark case

The Court of Appeal has upheld a complaint by Rihanna against the high street fashion retailer Topshop. Case Detail In 2012, High Street leaders Topshop sold in store and via its website a fashion t-shirt displaying an image of celebrity superstar, Rihanna. The image was derived from a photograph of Rihanna which was taken when she was on…

New possibilities for trade mark protection in Japan

A revised trade mark law due to be implemented in Japan (probably on 1 April 2015) will expand the types of trade marks which can be registered in Japan. It will be possible to register various different types of trade marks such as "colour per se", "sound", "motion", "hologram" and "position"…

Case insight: Thomas Pink Limited Vs Victoria Secret UK Limited [2014]

The claimant, Thomas Pink Limited, began trading in London in 1984. The core of its business is and has always been the sale of shirts, which are worn by professional people. Thomas Pink has grown and diversified and today the business involves selling goods other than shirts including either items of clothing and accessories. All the goods…

Wilson Gunn Strengthens Team

Our team continues to expand as we welcome three new recruits to Wilson Gunn. New associate, Sarah Dacre, and trainee, Agnes Chu, join our trade marks team and new associate, Neal Pollock, joins our patents team. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and a fresh perspective.

EU trade mark registrations for shop designs

The Court of Justice of the EU recently ruled that shop and store designs and layouts may be protectable by registered trade marks.

Will marketers bite off more than they can chew at this year’s World Cup?

In anticipation of this year’s World Cup, Brazil enacted the “General World Cup Law” in 2012 which affected the use of its trade marks.

Can you afford not to protect your intellectual property?

Many UK SMEs are unaware of their intellectual property rights, with most failing to take advantage of benefits arising from their valuable IP assets. We help to summarise some IP options.

Passing off: Moroccanoil vs Aldi

A recent trade mark ruling showed that Moroccanoil Israel Limited (“MIL”) had failed to establish passing off because the evidence did not support any likelihood of a misrepresentation by Aldi Stores Limited (“Aldi”).

Is your Chinese trade mark registration still valid?

Changes to trade mark law in China may mean that if you manufacture branded goods in China only for export your Chinese trade mark registration could be vulnerable to cancellation on the grounds of non-use.

New .london domain name launches

On April 29 the new .london domain name went live represents an exciting opportunity for businesses and individuals to directly associate themselves and trade marks with London.

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