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Kellogg’s is taking Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis to court over his attempt to trademark his “Special K” nickname. The food giant, which registered the Australian trademark for Special K in 1955 to protect its signature cereal brand, wants to...
In December 2016, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) dismissed Nestlé’s attempt to register the four-fingered shape of the brand’s signature Kit Kat chocolate bars as an EU trademark. Marking the latest development in a decade-long legal battle...
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has recently ruled that posting hyperlinks to copyright-protected works published without their author’s consent can, sometimes, constitute copyright infringement. The ruling aimed to strike a ‘fair balance’ between protecting the interests of copyright holders...
With more than 1 billion monthly users, YouTube is the world’s largest video sharing platform; in 2012, only seven years after its creation, 60 hours of video were uploaded every minute and YouTube mobile alone received over 600 million views...
‘Drug counterfeiting is not a problem of intellectual property. It is first and foremost a problem of public health. This is a fundamental point. The problems of intellectual property may exist, but they are secondary to the problems of public...
On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While several lawyers argue that the result is not legally binding (partners of law firm Mishcon de Reya have even recently claimed that for the Prime Minister to...
Today (the 8th of July) marks the first ever British IP day, celebrating the immense contribution intellectual property (IP) makes to the UK’s economic, cultural and social wellbeing....
‘Patent trolls’, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) are firms which do not make or sell anything, but exist solely so as to exploit rights in patents that they obtain from another company. This makes them an increasing...
On 14 June, a case against Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, and guitarist Jimmy Page, went on trial in Los Angeles. The lawsuit, originally filed in May 2014, charges that Led Zeppelin took the opening section of one of its...
Purchasing counterfeit goods can be a costly and dangerous mistake, but, unfortunately, one that is easily made. As counterfeiters are becoming ever-more sophisticated, it is often difficult to establish whether or not the product you are being offered is genuine. To...