‘Heartfulness’ – a lesson in distinctiveness
EU General Court decision confirms that a trade mark Applicant’s creativity does not automatically guarantee distinctiveness.
The MONOPOLY trade mark case and the ramifications for the practice of evergreening
Clarification on bad faith challenges to trade mark registrations before the EUIPO.
Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017
The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act, streamlines and harmonises provisions relating to unjustified threats to bring infringement proceedings for patents, registered trade marks, rights in registered designs, design right or Community
Brexit an IP Summary
Although the UK formally left the EU on 31 January 2020, this will become effective in practice on 1 January 2021 (‘actual Brexit day’), the day after the end of the current transition period. There now appears to be very little chance of...
An Update on Geographical Indications Post-Brexit
As the finale of the Brexit saga draws near it is high time for IP rights holders to make sure that they will not be caught out by the proposed changes to the various IP regimes.
Colour trade mark protection in the fashion industry
Colour inevitably plays a central role in fashion—and public attitudes about fashion—from Coco Chanel’s iconic little black dress to Meryl Streep’s unforgettable cerulean sweater monologue in The Devil Wears Prada to the collective journalistic...
15 IP Tips For The Fashion Business
Check out our top 15 intellectual property tips for fashion businesses. Following these tips will propel your fashion business to the top and protect you against many of the current IP pitfalls.
Chat sh*t and get banged – how offensive does a trade mark have to be to be refused registration?
On 2 December 2016, the company V9 Media Limited, which has two directors, Jamie Richard Vardy and Rebekah Vardy applied to register 5 trade marks in the United Kingdom.