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26 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Why did adidas lose its three stripes trademark and what will happen next?

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When you think of adidas, what image pops into your head? If it is the synonymous three stripes than you may be surprised to learn that the European General Court has declared the adidas community trademark invalid. So why was adidas unsuccessful, and what should a brand do if they find themselves in this situation?

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4 June 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution

LEGO – the building bricks for successful brand protection

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LEPIN LOGO

Earlier this year the children’s building toy company successfully  applied for the registration of the mark LEPIN by a Chinese toy manufacturer to be invalidated (UKIPO decision 0/142/19). LEGO proved to the satisfaction of the UKIPO that there existed a likelihood of confusion with the LEGO mark (section 5 (2)(b) Trade Marks Act 1994).

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The copyright directive – AI censorship for the internet.

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Yesterday, Tuesday 26 March, the EU Parliament voted to adopt the new copyright directive.

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IP battles: David vs Goliath

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David Goliath IP business

In an intellectual property dispute, size doesn’t always matter. McDonald’s made the news in January when the fast food giant lost its trademark in the EU; but it is not the only case when David has taken on Goliath in court – and won. So what can we learn from these stories?

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4 February 2019 1 Comment Posted in Dispute Resolution, News

Royds Withy King wins case on behalf of international ferry operator DFDS

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Stephen Welfare DFPS

Law firm Royds Withy King has won an unusual court case in favour of international freight and passenger ferry operator DFDS. Royds Withy King represented the Danish company at the magistrates’ court hearing earlier this month after they were taken …

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6 things jewellery retailers can’t ignore this year

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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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24 January 2019 0 Comments Posted in News, Technology & Media

Royds Withy King appointed by The National Association of Jewellers to draft documentation to enable jewellers to use new Made In Britain mark

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Press release

Long-time legal advisers to the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ), Royds Withy King, have been instructed to draft the contractual documentation which will enable jewellers to badge their creations with a distinctive new Made in Britain trade mark when hallmarking their jewellery.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Factsheets, Technology & Media

GDPR – Your countdown to compliance

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What is retention of title clause, and what does it mean for retailers?

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Basically a clause included in a sale of goods contract that where particular goods are sold on an order-by-order basis (i.e. on credit) legal title does not pass to the buyer until the goods have been paid for. The ordinary rule is otherwise that ownership transfers to the buyer upon delivery of the goods. A prudent seller will have retention of title clauses included in its terms and conditions.

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1 June 2018 0 Comments Posted in News, Technology & Media

Law firm Royds Withy King urges ASA to ‘flushlush’

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Cosmetics retailer Lush has launched a bizarre marketing campaign that amongst other accuses the police of ‘spying’ and being ‘paid to lie’. The campaign has left shoppers bemused and could have uncomfortable consequences for the popular retailer.

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30 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

10 Minute Topic: Estate Agent Fee Recovery

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Land and buildings, whether domestic or commercial, continue to increase in value as demand outstrips supply. Sellers will naturally look to save money wherever they can and avoiding an agent’s fee is occasionally seen as one possibility. With the increase in the use of online marketing methods and low cost commissions and self-help, the hard working estate agent has never before been so under threat by competition and financial/economic pressures. Being able to recover his contractual fee in law and in practice must be of paramount importance.

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12 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Opinion, Technology & media

Brexit and intellectual property

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I posted a blog on the likely effects of Brexit on intellectual property back in July 2016. A year and a half on, and with negotiations between the UK Government and the EU moving along at a pace considerably slower than a skeletal sled, has any progress been made and is anything more certain?

In this blog, I review the position and provide an update.

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