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  • The art of confusion: Shop Art v Art
    In July 2013, Manufacture Daddato SpA (MD) applied to register “SHOP * ART” as a European Union Trade Mark for goods in classes 18 (leather and bags of leather) and 25 (clothing...
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    Trade Mark Battle of TITANTIC proportions
    Despite the potentially negative associations with the oceanic tragedy that took place over 100 years ago, TITANIC remains a popular choice of brand name for many businesses.  This popularity recently led to legal proceedings between a luxury spa business, TITANIC SPA (‘TS’), founded in 2005...
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    ISPs to send warning letters to users who illegally download copyright material
    In a campaign launching today, the UK’s four largest internet providers will begin sending educational letters to customers who download copyright content using peer-to-peer file-sharing. In a collaboration between ISPs, copyright owners and the government, internet users will be sent a warn...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: Pulling the (art.50) trigger
    In an article for the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs looks at some of the political implications of Brexit, and the forthcoming decision which is expected from the Supreme Court on whether a parliamentary vote will be needed bef...
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    Jo Johnson appointed as new Minister for IP
    Jo Johnson, younger brother of Foreign Secretary and former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has been named as the new Minister for Intellectual Property.  He succeeds Baroness Neville-Rolfe, who stepped down from the role in December 2016 after two-and-a-half years in post.   A former...
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    Pop Fizz Clink! MHCS Société En Commandite Simple v Polistas Ltd
    Late last year, the owners of the VEUVE CLICQUOT luxury brand in the UK and EU brought an action for trade mark infringement and passing off against the parties collectively licensed to produce and sell ...
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    UKIPO Fast Facts for 2017
    The UKIPO has updated its booklet called Fast Facts about IP (see here).  This provides statistics on UK IP rights, protection, investment etc.  Trade mark f...
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    Michael Jordan’s (Partial) Trade Mark Win in China – Unjamming it for Foreign Brands
    Michael Jordan, the professional basketballer and star in the 1996 film Space Jam, has partially won a trade mark dispute against a Chinese sportswear company, Qiaodan Sports. Jordan brought an invalidity action again...
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    Fake degree websites shut down
    Earlier this week, the BBC reported (here) on recent action taken by Hedd (Higher Education Degree Datacheck), an agency set up by the UK government to investigate fraudulent websites posing as bogus universities o...
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    A Nice start to the new year
    A new 11th edition of the Nice Classification came into force on 1 January 2017.  It introduces 334 new terms and amendments to fifteen class headings (classes 3, 6, 10, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 31 and 45) as well as amendments to 22 explanatory notes.   The ...
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