IP and IT News

Counterfeit Goods Couple to Forfeit £1.5 MillionSeptember 9, 2015

To many people, buying or selling a 'knock-off copy' of a branded item may seem a relatively minor matter but, given that brand owners invest...

Flooring Company Can’t Use ‘Champagne’ NameAugust 12, 2015

A trade association representing Champagne producers has come down hard on a British flooring company which hoped to bask in the glory of the sparkling...

Sky Wins Battle of the Communication BrandsJuly 15, 2015

A judgment that generated a lot of column inches but had little practical effect was decided recently by the General Court of the European Union,...

Landlords – Dealing With Pre-Pack TenantsJuly 11, 2015

Businesses in financial difficulties are increasingly seeking ways of ridding themselves of extra costs and, in many cases, premises let in more promising economic times...

Cost of Brand Investment Not Reasonable, Rules CourtJuly 2, 2015

An intellectual property decision which surprised some when it was made in 2014 has been reversed by the Court of Appeal. It involved the importer and...

Failing to Dot i’s and Cross t’s Leads to Court AppearanceJune 15, 2015

It is often tempting to press on with things and not worry about details, but a recent case shows how much trouble can be caused...

Copying of Design Proves ExpensiveJune 11, 2015

Copying the design of another company's product can prove expensive, as a manufacturer of ice cream vans found out to its cost recently. Although it may...

Too Similar Trade Mark Proves CostlyJune 11, 2015

To regular renters of cars, the stylised 'e' in the logo of Europcar will be readily recognisable. With its brand reinforced by an extensive recent...

Deluxe Not DistinctiveApril 29, 2015

Lidl has had an application to have 'Deluxe' registered as a Community Trade Mark rejected on the ground that it is not sufficiently distinctive in...

Computer Program Patent Application Turned Down by Court of AppealApril 13, 2015

It is exceedingly difficult to patent computer programs, although the code of a program is subject to copyright. The reason for this is that Section 1...