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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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4 September 2019 0 Comments Posted in Jewellery & luxury goods, Opinion

“Brightly coloured gems and geometric shapes” and “Created in the UK” – emerging trends and developments at the International Jewellery London 2019 (IJL 2019) trade show.

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Stephen Welfare, Head of our Intellectual Property team at Royds Withy King attended day two of the IJL 2019 trade show. The annual event was held at London Olympia, West Kensington.

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6 things jewellery businesses shouldn’t ignore this year

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copyright protection

The jewellery industry, perhaps as much if not more than most, has discerning customers who expect the highest quality products to go hand in hand with customer service and experience.

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5 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Dispute Resolution, Opinion

Your brand and Brexit

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The UK is definitely leaving the EU on 31 October. “No ifs, no buts” – so says our new prime minister, Boris Johnson. If so, what impact will that have on intellectual property (IP) law in the UK, and where does it leave UK-based EU rights holders?

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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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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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