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5 May 2021 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Playing the game – the Monopoly trade mark that is!

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Monopoly needs no introduction. Who hasn’t played the internationally recognised board game, whether the original version set around the streets of London (UK version) or one of the many reincarnations thereof?

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9 March 2021 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Digital Piracy : who’s winning the war?

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The English High Court recently, for the first time, granted a website blocking order against cyberlocker and stream ripping sites, prompting the writer to question who is winning the battle between self styled champions of the free web and the intellectual property right holders?

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Commerce & Law: what to expect in 2021

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This article summarises some of the key developments expected in commercial, consumer and contract law in the UK in 2021 and beyond.

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3 November 2020 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Pride Comes Before a Fall – The Johnny Depp Case

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Pride comes before a fall, so the proverb goes, meaning if you are too full of yourself, something will happen to make you look foolish. Is that the case here?

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30 October 2020 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion, Uncategorized

Warning for retailers: the curious case of Phillip Lloyd Jewellers and a lost diamond

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Last month [October] it was widely reported in the trade and national press that Reigate High Street Jewellers, Phillip Lloyd Jewellers (“PLJ”) lost its Court case against a disgruntled customer over a lost diamond.  PLJ has been ordered to compensate the customer up to £30,000.

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10 July 2020 0 Comments Posted in Opinion

“Wigs off – masks on!” – Are face masks to be worn in Court?

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With the showbiz Johnny Depp –v- Sun Newspaper defamation case being widely reported in the media the public are seeing images of the combatants and witnesses arriving and leaving the High Court in London wearing face masks. But are they obliged to do so when in Court?

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15 April 2020 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Courts and Tribunals during the coronavirus outbreak

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Whether you are a claimant, a defendant, a witness or even a juror, attending courts has changed with the systems adapting to lockdown.

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Has Spring Fair lost its sparkle?

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Stephen Welfare at Spring Fair 2020

Your intrepid intellectual property lawyer has once again packed his briefcase and set off to Britain’s second largest city for the annual Trade Fair at the NEC.

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22 January 2020 0 Comments Posted in Jewellery & luxury goods, Opinion

6 things jewellery retailers can’t ignore this year + predictions for the decade ahead

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The retail sector is a fast moving and highly competitive industry, one in which failure to foresee challenges ahead of the competition can make the difference between boom and bust. This is particularly poignant in the jewellery industry, where discerning customers expect the highest quality products to go hand in hand with customer service and experience.

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Wearable tech – a threat to jewellers or an opportunity?

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Each year when #BlackFriday and the Christmas sales period approaches, retailers (and accordingly suppliers) are looking forward to their busiest time of the year and a return on the R&D work throughout the year. For fashion-led industries such as jewellery, seasonal variations and being ‘on trend’ can make a big difference: get it right and your product is the must have this Christmas and you’ll be ‘quids in’, but get it wrong and you’ll be in potential financial difficulty. So design is key.

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Is there copyright in cosmetics?

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Copycat products are relatively common. Supermarkets’ own products often seem to be designed to be mistaken for popular brands; what, if anything, can the owners of the ‘original’ intellectual property, do about it? A recent case looked into copyright in a product that changes appearance with use – a makeup powder.

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11 October 2019 0 Comments Posted in Corporate & Commercial, Opinion

A Right Royal Hullabaloo: The Duchess of Sussex v The Mail on Sunday

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Megan Markle Duchess Prince Harry

The Duchess of Sussex has issued proceedings against Associated Newspapers over the publication by The Mail on Sunday of a private letter written by her to her father. Prince Harry has launched an attack on the British Press expressing his fears that his “wife was falling victim to the same powerful forces” that his mother faced.

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