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Yoko Ono says no-no to the sale of John Lemon lemonade

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After looking to bring legal action against those producing John Lemon lemonade, Yoko Ono has successfully prevented the association of her late husband’s name with the brand. The drinks company, a small Polish company whic h distributes to the UK and...

Hacking plot leaves Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law jailed for 6 months

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Background Gordon and Tana Ramsay have been married since 1996. This year, sentences have been given in respect of a hacking plot led by Ramsay’s father-in-law. Chris Hutcheson Sr. was previously CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited. After a...

Ed Sheeran copyright matter has settled

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Last year, songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington brought a claim for copyright against Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” in relation to their song “Amazing”, as released in 2011 by X-Factor winner, Matt Cardle. For further...

Victoria Beckham trademarks the Beckham children's names

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Following the trademarks granted for David Beckham in 2000 and Victoria Beckham in 2002, Victoria has now trademarked the four Beckham children’s names: namely Brooklyn Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Harper Beckham in the U.K. and Europe. ...

Motley Crue will not Feel Good

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Back in the 1980's, photographers Barry Levine and Neil Zlozower took many photos of American heavy metal band, Motley Crue, during their rise to international fame. The pair claim the photos were used as part of the band’s farewell tour,...

Registering your design

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Following the Trunki decision, as we covered in our earlier blog post , the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has released new guidance about the use of representations when filing registered design applications. Here are the key things you need to...

Website content copyright ownership

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Websites aren’t just words. As well as pages of content, there’s also intellectual property to think about. We’re talking about logos, images, slogans - the list goes on. They’re not always owned by the website owner, so when it...

The $20million Photograph

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but could a ‘Photograph’ be worth $20 million? Matt Cardle’s songwriters claim Ed Sheeran's 2014 song ‘Photograph’ was copied from Cardle’s 2011 track...

Jose Mourinho - A Trade Mark

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José Mourinho was recently confirmed as the new Manchester United manager as may well know. During the negotiations, it was confirmed that Chelsea still own trade marks of Mourinho’s name. So what does this mean for Manchester...

Fan fiction Trekkies on course for court

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​Axanar Productions (‘Axanar’) have boldly gone where no other filmmakers have gone before and raised over $1,000,000 to produce a feature-length movie set 21 years before the first Star Trek episode. Does this infringe copyright laws?...

Groundless threats for infringement of intellectual property rights

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To sue or not to sue? What does or doesn’t amount to a threat is judged and decided objectively. It is reviewed on the basis of whether an ordinary person – in the position of the claimant – would interpret the words to amount to a...

Which Kylie Should Be So Lucky, Lucky, Lucky?

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Australia’s Kylie Minogue has launched a legal battle against America’s Kylie (Jenner) after the latter tried to trademark their shared first name. As they prepare to go head to head, we take a look at the importance of trade marks and how to...

The 'case' with Trunki's design rights

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Trunkis, children’s ride along and carry on suitcases (pictured right), first became well-known after appearing on BBC2’s programme ‘Dragon’s Den’. Despite receiving no funding from the Dragons, Trunkis have become highly...

Changes in the new tax year regarding winding up

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Many companies deliberate over whether and/or when to wind up their company when there is a desire to distribute its value. This decision may become a whole lot easier for companies to make further to the Draft Finance Bill 2016 and restrictions proposed...

We wish you a Merry "Swiftmas"

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After Trade Marking “sick beat” earlier this year, Taylor Swift has now made a bid to Trade Mark “Swiftmas” and the stylised form of “1989” on her album cover in the United States. The singer has previously been...

The consideration of Intellectual Property in insolvency

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Where a company is experiencing extreme financial difficulties it is well known that such a company can be cash-flow insolvent , (i.e. they cannot pay their debts as they fall due), or balance sheet insolvent (the company’s liabilities...

The Consumer Rights Act 2015: Considerations for software providers

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Nowadays, you will be used to having to click to agree that you have read and understood the terms of a software update or new application you have downloaded for your computer or mobile devices. These terms you flick through very quickly govern how...

Safe Harbour declared invalid with immediate effect

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The recent decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued on the 6 th October 2015 has stated that the fifteen year old programme which has facilitated critical flows of data from the European Union to the United States is now invalid with...

Obligations on Landlords set to increase with new Regulations coming into force.

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On 1 October 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval, new Regulations placing further obligations on Landlords will come into force. The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 will apply to all residential properties in the private...

Recast Brussels Regulation - Enhancing Jurisdiction Agreements Between Commercial Parties in EU

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The time has come for commercial parties to review their contracts in light of new Brussels I Regulation. This new update enhances jurisdiction agreements between commercial parties in the European Union. Parties entering into a contract often agree a ...

Legal Barriers to Exporting Goods and How to Overcome Them

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Exporting goods overseas is a good way of increasing a business’ customer base. However, it is not without risks and if a business has not exported outside of the United Kingdom before, then there are a number of legal issues and factors they should...

AVOID Making a Betty Boop - Case Law on Trade Mark Infringement and Passing Off in Respect of Merchandising

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This is some learning which would be of interest to any businesses who might find themselves having used Trade Marked names on merchandising. In this case - I share how a business (the defendant) was found to have passed off an association with a fictional...