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This week sees the launch of a new UK police unit targeting IP crime, funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office and co-ordinated by the City of London police. Key to success will be its relationship with trademark owners.
The impact of lookalike products on brand owner innovation, revenues and product investment is one that has been debated at length in the trademark community (previous WTR coverage is available here). Detailed new research on the issue has been published, but the way forward remains unclear.
The High Court of England and Wales has ruled in the long-running AdWords dispute between Interflora and Marks & Spencer (M&S). While finding that M&S’ use of the INTERFLORA mark as an AdWord to advertise its M&S Flowers & Gifts website was trademark infringement, the decision will be limited in its application as the dispute hinged on particular circumstances.
UK department store chain Selfridges has launched a ‘No Noise’ initiative, one aspect of which involves the sale of well-known products with their logos removed. While the campaign aims to throw the focus on tranquillity and away from a marketplace characterised by an abundance of branding and choices, it also serves as a reinforcement of the value of strong product design.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has sided with Samsung in the latest ‘tablet wars’ decision and attempted to cut through the fog of confusion that media coverage of this competitive market has created.
On Monday London welcomed the first of the visiting Olympic athletes and officials. Joining the official delegates were nearly 300 enforcement officers, ready to police games-related marketing. Yet while the advertising rules may seem as challenging to navigate as England’s multi-lane motorway system at first glance, some brands are getting creative as they seek to benefit from the global gaze about to be focused on London.
New research provides a roadmap through which judicial consistency in passing-off and lookalike cases could be achieved. The key will be ensuring that judges embrace the latest scientific thinking.
The UK government has launched a consultation on whether tobacco products should be sold in plain packaging. In addition to the potential impact on smoking habits, the consequence for trademark rights is now being debated.
While an examination of the UK government’s role in protecting and promoting intellectual property has been announced, policy only works when it benefits all stakeholders. Small businesses are often the missing component from the trademark ecosystem something the UK Intellectual Property Office is looking to correct. Could these efforts create the customer of tomorrow for trademark service providers?
While the Court of Appeal for England and Wales has followed the European Court of Justice ruling in L’Oréal v Bellure, Lord Justice Jacob has made it clear he isn’t happy about muzzling commercial free speech. Expect the debate over free riding to continue.
With the UK yet to release one- and two-character domains, registry Nominet is canvassing for feedback on the proposed introduction process. Brand owners would be advised to get involved to avoid a repeat of the German experience, where the lack of a sunrise period resulted in a free-for-all for key domains.
The UK government has today outlined measures to reform the groundless threats regime, responding to the proposals published by the Law Commission last year.
Rangers International Football Club has released a statement to the London Stock Exchange, announcing that the club has entered into agreements with SportsDirect.com Retail Limited and associated companies to provide a long-term on-going credit facility of up to £10m with trademarks central to the deal. The natural question to ask is whether the club got the best deal possible while using its prime IP asset as leverage.
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has upheld a High Court ruling that Topshop's sale of a Rihanna t-shirt without her approval was an act of passing off.
A report into the impact of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s IP attaché network paints a positive picture in terms of the political and commercial advantage offered to both corporates and policy-makers. However, too few companies are currently benefiting.
The Court of Appeal for England and Wales today ordered a retrial in the long-running keyword dispute between Interflora and Marks & Spencer, finding that the trial judge had made a number of legal errors in assessing the issue of infringement, as well as wrongfully relying on impermissible evidence.
The High Court in London has delivered a landmark judgment establishing that trademark owners can secure court orders blocking websites that are structured to infringe their trademark rights by selling counterfeit goods online. The decision is believed to be the first in which an application for a website-blocking order against internet service providers in order to combat trademark infringement has been given the green light in the European Union
A report published today points to a growing awareness of IP crime among the UK public, with 90% of survey respondents viewing counterfeiting as morally wrong. However, this viewpoint does not necessarily influence individual purchasing decisions, illustrating the challenge ahead for the IP community.
Voters in Scotland head to the polls today for a referendum to determine whether the country will break away from the rest of the United Kingdom. The treatment of trademarks is not a subject that will sway the vote and has therefore been somewhat lost in the mix, but it is one that current and prospective rights holders will have questions about should the country vote for independence.
Brands are well-used to disgruntled customers taking to social media to air their grievances, but consumers wielding trademark law is a less common tactic. However, one UK individual has bucked that trend and has registered a trademark in the name of the bank that is the source of his ire, with the corresponding domain name being used to air his grievances.
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