High Court rules Cadbury’s purple trade mark is not a series mark

High Court rules Cadbury’s purple trade mark is not a series mark

The judgment in the case of Cadbury UK Ltd v The Comptroller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks [2016] EWHC 796 (Ch), 18 April 2016 has been published, in which Cadbury’s appeal against a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office was dismissed by the High Court. The decision marks the latest in a...Read More »

By Virtual Assistant | April 20, 2016
Branding – Why IP Is Intrinsic To The Work

Branding – Why IP Is Intrinsic To The Work

Branding involves creating Intellectual Property (IP). Intangible assets produced during branding should be well chosen to ensure elements like names and logos are available to use and do not infringe on somebody else’s rights. A solid understanding of IP law can help ensure that the choices are also capable of creating potentially valuable intellectual property that is...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | February 3, 2016
Intellectual Property Value – Do You Need Specialist Skills to Value IP?

Intellectual Property Value – Do You Need Specialist Skills to Value IP?

As intellectual property (IP) becomes more recognised as an asset class, interest in it is increasing - so much so that apparently according to the IPKAT Hong Kong property surveyors have been trying to break into assessing the intellectual property value in a business. They recently called upon overseas bodies (for example, the Royal Institution...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 26, 2016
Intellectual Property Revolution – Book Launch – Video Highlights

Intellectual Property Revolution – Book Launch – Video Highlights

The Intellectual Property Revolution, my second book, was launched with great success on 13 October 2015 at the Institute of Directors in London. For those of you who were unable to attend the event the next best thing is to watch the videos of the night. Daniel Priestley of Entrevo, who runs a global entrepreneurship accelerator...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | January 25, 2016
Intellectual Property Revolution Book Launch Highlights

Intellectual Property Revolution Book Launch Highlights

We celebrated the launch of my second book, the Intellectual Property Revolution at the Institute of Directors on 13 October. Below is the video highlighting the event. This was 3 years after my first book, Legally Branded, was launched. Two excellent speakers – Daniel Priestley and Will Critchlow – supported me, and the guests included...Read More »

By Shireen Smith | November 25, 2015

Trademark Infringement Dispute Over Search Results Won By Amazon

The trademark infringement claim by watchmakers MultiTime Machine (MTM) has been dismissed following a ruling in favour of online retailer Amazon. In our previous blog Trademark Infringement Trial Of Amazon Over Search Results, we commented on the zero success rate of similar disputes and the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court continues this pattern. In...Read More »

By Our Team | October 27, 2015
Intellectual Property Infringement – How To Stop Alibaba From Selling Your (Fake) Products

Intellectual Property Infringement – How To Stop Alibaba From Selling Your (Fake) Products

Intellectual property (IP) infringement is damaging for any business, and can be a particular problem for those that sell products online through platforms like Alibaba. Chances are that if you have a business and your business has a website, you count as one of thousands of growing digital companies that export their IP to the world. This...Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | October 22, 2015
Crocodile Wars – Lacoste’s Latest Victory On Brand And Trademark Over Polish Company’s Use Of Caiman Mark

Crocodile Wars – Lacoste’s Latest Victory On Brand And Trademark Over Polish Company’s Use Of Caiman Mark

Brand and trademark establishment is of central importance to any successful business. Maintaining a brand’s image is essential, and using trademark law to protect business reputation is an important component of that. One way of doing so is through opposition of trademark applications as demonstrated by a recent case between French retailer Lacoste and Polish clothing company ‘KAJMAN’. The ruling...Read More »

By Our Team | October 21, 2015
Alibaba Counterfeit Goods Lead To Trademark Infringement Disputes

Alibaba Counterfeit Goods Lead To Trademark Infringement Disputes

A recent dispute involving Alibaba counterfeit goods has risen between Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and a US apparel trade group over counterfeit products. Despite the attempts of the ecommerce giant Alibaba to fight selling of counterfeit goods on both Alibaba and Aliexpress, a US company is calling to put Alibaba’s Taobao site back on its...Read More »

By Our Team | October 12, 2015
Brand Planning – A Lesson Learned From A Golden Bear

Brand Planning – A Lesson Learned From A Golden Bear

For companies, brand planning is an important aspect in brand execution. As far as we know, the best brands are also the best planned brands including the legal side. In a recent turn of events Lindt, the Swiss chocolatier, has emerged victorious in a long-standing battle with Haribo, the German confectionary company that has been...Read More »

By Joshua Jaskiewicz | October 9, 2015
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