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Kardashian clan file trade marks to protect their names

Reality TV celebrity siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner have recently filed trade mark applications in order to protect their names, which have proven to play a key role in their fashion and beauty business. The names everybody’s talking about Recently entering the spotlight by appearing on reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians”…

Trade Mark Protection for Advertising Slogans

The success of a marketing campaign can often depend on the use of a memorable slogan. However, the more successful the slogan, the more attractive it is to competitors in the market place who might wish to also use the slogan, or a close variation of the slogan, in order to capitalise on the success of the original user of the slogan. For…

Trade mark trouble for creator of cheeky movie 'Ted'

The case facts Seth MacFarlane, creator of the film franchise Ted, is being sued over his alleged violation of the trade dress on a product through the release of a special edition DVD and Blu-Ray of the film. Michael Cram claims ownership of “talking” bottle openers which are said to come with the special edition. The talking bottle opener…

Katy Perry dives into the deep end of a copyright dispute

Beach-themed backing dancers stole the spotlight from Katy Perry at the recent US Superbowl, leaving the singer at the centre of a dispute over copyright. The dancers, dressed as sharks, became a viral sensation as the “Left Shark” in Perry’s beach-themed half-time show didn't seem to know the dance moves. The awkward shark has even…

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.

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