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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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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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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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