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  • EU Data Protection Reform
    Following the European Commission's proposal of EU Data Protection reform in 2012, the European Parliament and Council finalised negotiations and came to an
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    Taylor Swift applies to Trade Mark “SWIFTMAS”
    On 3 December 2015, the pop star applied (via a rights management company) to the US Patent & Trade Mark Office (USPTO) to register the word mark SWIFTMAS. The singer is seeking to prevent others from using the word in relation to a number of retail and musical entertainment services and a wi...
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    Lao People’s Democratic Republic Joins the Madrid Protocol
    On 7 December 2015, the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks. The treaty enters into force in Lao People’s Democratic Republic on 7 March 2016. After this date, Lao People...
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    Stobbs top of the pile for UKIPO hearings
    The latest issue of the ITMA Review provides a useful analysis of UKIPO hearing attendance.  Stobbs IP is shown as the top firm for appearances before the UKIPO at hearings held between 2011-2015 and Julius Stobbs is listed as the top appearing Trade Mark Attorney between 2011-2015. Hearings pr...
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    A Year in Brands
    Stobbs held its annual Christmas Seminar last night in London. We had guests from a diverse array of industry areas and backgrounds join us as we looked back on “A Year In Brands”. We had the pleasure of listening to some great speakers give insight into what 2015 has been for brands.
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    Digital radio station ‘Radio X’ could face rebrand
    In September 2015, it was announced that the digital radio station XFM would be rebranded to become “Radio X”.  Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, Johnny Vaughan and Vernon Kay are just a few of the well known names hosting shows on the new Radio X. The owner of the station (Global Radio L...
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    That (Black) Friday Feeling
    The time is upon us again where people embark on a bid to bag a bargain. Black Friday is increasingly becoming a global phenomenon and proving big business for brands. A quick look at some of the trade mark registers show some interesting activity: savvy owners ahead of the curve in Au...
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    Stiff sanctions imposed on IP invoicing scammer
    On 10 November 2015, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) within the High Court awarded the maximum costs permitted under the IPEC cap, namely damages of £500,000, against a company and its sole director for trade mark infringement and passing off. The claim was jointly brought by ...
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    Upcoming event: Talk on ‘Building and protecting your brand’ by Emma Pettipher
      Emma Pettipher will be talking about the key brand building blocks to consider when you are starting a new business, or looking to protect an existing brand.  How to protect, build and capitalise on your brand equity and the pitfalls to look out for along the way. The why, what, when, w...
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    Stobbs appears on episode of Fake Britain
    Stobbs this morning featured in an episode of BBC 1 consumer rights show Fake Britain. Geoff Weller (on behalf of our client
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