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McDonalds Opposes McSweet’s Trade Mark Application

May 6, 2008

An established trader in USA has been selling pickled goods under the name McSweet for a number of years. However, as soon as he filed an application for a trade mark at the USPTO McDonald’s opposed the registration on the...

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Website Scraping

May 14, 2008

In recent years, a number of comparative websites have appeared online in which consumers can compare prices of a number of businesses without the need to search individual websites.

Websites such as Expedia use special web...

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Trade Marks as Keywords?

May 29, 2008

My recent trip to INTA was interesting on many grounds, which I hope to report on over the next few weeks, particularly as regards the insights I gained into why anyone having products manufactured in China needs to register a...

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Domain Name Expansion – ICANN
July 1, 2008
 
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The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has recently approved a recommendation to expand the number of Top Level Domains (TLDs) from the existing 21 TLDs to what...
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Coca Cola Bottle Granted Trade Mark Protection in Japan

August 14, 2008

Japan has joined a handful of other jurisdictions which recognise the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle as trade mark. According to the New York Times (see here), Coca-Cola had been pushing for this mark since 2003. They have...

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Facebook Users Mourning the Removal of Scrabulous

August 14, 2008

In 2005 the book Word Freak and the subsequent documentary Word Wars showcased the zeal of Scrabble players. Scrabble aficionados joined the virtual world in 2006 when the Scrabulous application was added to Facebook. The...

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Is the Pharmaceutical Industry out of Patents?

August 14, 2008

According to several recent news reports (see here or here) many of the big pharmaceutical companies have core patents expiring in the next few years. Pfizer is likely to be the hardest hit with the expiration of...

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Scotch Whisky

August 28, 2008

Scottish Whisky was given legal protection in China last week when the Scottish Whisky Association made a deal with the Chinese government to register a collective trade mark which acts as a geographical indicator. The protection...

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Is Licensing Misuse Piracy?

September 1, 2008

Microsoft recently made the statement that they consider any unlicensed use of their software to be an act of piracy regardless of whether the use is intentional or not. Traditionally piracy is defined as illegally copied or...

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Dell Denied Trademark for Cloud Computing

September 3, 2008

It has recently emerged that the USPTO (the US trade mark registry) has denied Dell a trade mark for the phrase CLOUD COMPUTING SOLUTIONS on the ground that it is generic and used to describe a wide variety of computing activity....

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UK Domain Registrations Reach 7 Million

September 8, 2008

Recently Nominet revealed that they were over 7 million registered .uk domain names. One million of those domain names were registered in the last year. In a recent survey of British internet users it was revealed that 72% of...

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Everything You Need to Know About Joint Copyright

September 10, 2008

Joint copyright can be a dangerous trap for businesses. Disputes over joint copyright issues are often expensive, fact intensive and it is difficult to prove ownership. Several recent cases highlight problems that can...

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