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Courts refuse K-Swiss Trade Mark application

Designer shoe label refused trade mark application. Wilson Gunn discusses the full case.

Community Trade Marks for 2016 - All change!

Community Trade Marks are set to change this year - get all the details here.

IP Scammers Ordered to Pay Maximum Penalty

Court finds that scammers deliberately set out to deceive proprietors into thinking that their letters and invoices were issued by the UK IPO, ordering maximum penalty for trademark infringement and passing off.

Halloumi trade mark in meltdown as courts reject application

In 2013, the Republic of Cyprus applied to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) for registration of two community trade marks, HALLOUMI and XAΛΛOYMI, for cheese, milk and milk products. As will probably be well known, HALLOUMI and XAΛΛOYMI designate a particular type of cheese originally created in Cyprus. OHIM originally…

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"…

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