Quirky IP news galore

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It has been a month of strange trademark news. A local UK convenience store hit the headlines after the owner was threatened with legal action by Sainsbury’s for his take on the brand’s well-known name. In response to the threat of legal action, the shopkeeper of ‘Singhsbury’s’ decided to resolve… Read more »

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Forum shopping – USA legal update

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Last month (22nd May 2017), the US Supreme Court delivered a significant ruling in its verdict on TC Heartland LLC v Kraft Food Brands LLC. Background In 2015 a civil action was submitted to the District Court for the District of Delaware, concerning a series of ‘squeezy’ concentrated juice pouches… Read more »

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Swiss are patent application champions

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Each year, the European Patent Office releases in-depth statistics about patent applications by country. The results of their research are published in handy ranking tables – one of them comparing the number of patent applications from inventors in each country with the total population of that country for a “Ratio… Read more »

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Streams of lawsuits

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There have been further developments in intellectual property litigation in the USA as San Francisco-based OpenTV, now owned by Swiss digital company Kudelski, continue to assert their rights in the on-demand and streaming media sector. After securing successful licence resolutions following a litigation against Netflix and Apple in California, OpenTV… Read more »

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Parodies in trademark – the case of Louis Vuitton

A recent case in the Southern District of New York resulted in a loss for luxury brand Louis Vuitton when the provisions of a ‘parody defence’ was tested under US trademark law. Louis Vuitton lodged a suit against My Other Bag and a subsequent appeal, but both were unsuccessful. The… Read more »

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Farewell 2016, Hello 2017 – the year in review

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It’s the end of the year and as always, there’s a slew of reviews out there, of everything from movies to albums and songs, to the inevitable ‘fails’ and much more irreverent entertainment. We like reviews. Especially this one, from the good people at IP Watchdog – looking back on… Read more »

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