The advertising world has long drawn inspiration from great works of art. However, advertisers need to ensure that they secure the right permissions to use artworks in ads, including moral rights, which have no equivalent in trademark law
Companies are increasingly making deliberate and consistent use of colours and colour combinations. While fears over monopolisation once impeded progress, today the US and EU colour mark doctrines strike a balance between protection and competition
As jurisdictions align their trademark regimes with international standards and exciting economic developments unfold across the region, interest in Asia-Pacific is at an all-time high
United Kingdom - The Law Commission has published its proposals for reform of the groundless threats regime, a move which one practitioner feels will help further encourage a ‘negotiate first, sue later’ approach in UK trademark disputes.
John van der Luit-Drummond | April 17 2014
International - DC Comics and Marvel were in the news this week after a British author complained over a notice opposing the use of ‘Superhero’ in the title of his advice book "Business Zero to Superhero". In many respects this is a straight trademark dispute, but it does have an interesting dimension, the joint ownership of trademarks.
John van der Luit-Drummond | April 16 2014
Canada - The Quebec Superior Court has ruled in Magasins Best Buy Ltée v Office Québécois de la langue française, a case that centres on whether stores with non-French commercial signs must additionally display generic terms describing the store’s product or service offering in French.
Trevor Little | April 14 2014