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Bye Bye to the Google Trade Mark

Written by Michael Coyle on 01 April 2015

" Google, where I can buy a hoover?" Google has announced it will now abandon all of its trade mark registrations throughout the world. The trade mark has become generic and would not be enforceable as the term has become so generic with the activity of searching.
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The importance and value of intellectual property in the fast moving world of fashion

Written by Fozia Cheychi on 29 March 2015

The fashion and textiles industry is huge both in the UK and globally and involves vast sums of money. It is one of the most creative industries in the world. According to the Value of the UK Fashion Industry report commissioned by the British Fashion Council, it contributes an impressive £21 billion to the British economy. The industry has continued to expand, despite the shrinking economy. In the past decade sales of UK designer fashion have increased by approximately 20%.
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Porno and Speculative invoicing

Written by Michael Coyle on 14 March 2015

Porn is back on the legal agenda. From 2005 the UK saw an unprecedented number of Letters of Claims being sent out resulting in what the courts have called 'Speculative invoicing'.
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Blurring your lines - ouch!

Written by Theresa Wright on 12 March 2015

A jury in Los Angeles held that 'blurred lines' by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke – has infringed the copyright of the 1977 hit Got To Give it up by Marvin Gaye.
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Fashion and Designs

Written by Michael Coyle on 10 March 2015

Lambretta was originally a well-known and successful brand of scooters in the 1960’s and 70’s. Today, Lambretta also make track-tops, shown originally in 200 at Earls Court Fashion Trade Exhibition.
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Speculative invoicing or protecting your ipr?

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 March 2015

A legitimate cause of action or speculative invoicing? There are infringements online. Many.Its wrong. It follows that copyright owners have a legitimate interest in obtaining legal remedies to stop such infringements for example by issuing a claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ( IPEC) or via IPEC's small claims court. But when does the right to enforce your intellectual property rights cross over to become speculative invoicing?
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Supreme. A monopoly too far when it comes to pet food

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 March 2015

The High Court last week dismissed an action for trade mark infringement brought by the owner of five UK and Community trade marks featuring the word "supreme" against a competitior. (Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch), 12 February 2015.) The case dragged on for days, cost a small fortune and one wondered why? http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2015/256.html
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Hall & Oates only in America

Written by Michael Coyle on 07 March 2015

Hall and Oates the US musical twosome ( young people take note they were famous in 80s) are suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm, claiming its granola Haulin' Oats infringes their trade mark.
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You know a general election is on its way when...

Written by Michael Coyle on 06 March 2015

The Deregulation Bill 2013-14 to 2014-15 is due to become law as the government aims to introduce a bill to assist business and individuals...make provision for the reduction of burdens resulting from legislation for businesses or other organisations or for individuals; make provision for the repeal of legislation which no longer has practical use; make provision about the exercise of regulatory functions; and for connected purposes.
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Goodbye Mr Spock

Written by Michael Coyle on 28 February 2015

CBS is the registered owner of all the Star Treck trade marks including the Mr Spock marks (note its NOT Dr Spock- different Spock guy altogether) "Its illogical not to file and register a trade mark Captain..."
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