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

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Contributing authors: Bharat Nahar

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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Garden landscaping – who owns the design?

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It is probably universally accepted that an architect owns the design in a building. But what of a garden? Intellectual property specialist Stephen Welfare explores the issue.

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Retailers and GDPR: what are you allowed to do with customer information?

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What are retailers permitted to do with the email addresses and customer information sometimes handed over by shoppers at checkouts? Charlotte Ebbutt and Malcolm Gregory explain the rules in their recent article for Business Advice.

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Fashion in courts: Chanel defends its intellectual property

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In the fast-moving world of intellectual property and trade marks, it is vital to defend your brand as actively as you can. And you don’t have to be an international powerhouse like Chanel to do it.

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Trunki loses high-profile design rights case

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On March 9th the Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) gave judgment in the case of Magmatic Limited v PMS International Limited [the Trunki case].

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Royds return to international trade show

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Royds once again offered advice to exhibitors at the International Spring Fair.

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