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Defenders of the Jaguar Land Rover IP battle

Following a protracted legal battle between a Yorkshire-based car customising business and internationally renowned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), it appears that financial power doesn’t necessarily equate to legal horsepower; with the Court of Appeal recently finding in favour of Twisted Automotive’s use of the initials ‘LR’ in the name of their showroom ‘LR Motors’. Some […]

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It’s the end of the (copyright) world as we know it

The world was a different place in 1988.  The Soviet Union was still in existence, the Berlin Wall hadn’t yet fallen, the only Star Wars being discussed was President Regan’s anti‑missile shield and the internet was still a twinkle in Tim Bernard-Lee’s eye.  It was also the year that the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act […]

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Unjustified threats

Intellectual property owners have always had to tread carefully when it comes to enforcing their rights.  Until recently, part of the law known as the unjustified threats provisions meant that it was possible for someone on the receiving end of threatened proceedings for patent, design right or trade mark infringement to issue their own proceedings […]

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Weet-a-bots: Cereals in disguise

The recent seizing of 300 boxes of Weetabix by New Zealand customs officials has highlighted the importance of brand protection and ensuring that your brand is protected in all territories in which you trade. The boxes of Weetabix were imported by a specialist shop in Christchurch which carved out a niche for itself by selling […]

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Just not cricket

In an age when sports broadcasting deals involve millions if not billions of pounds, it is not surprising that broadcasters and governing bodies will take all the steps they can to stop anything that they see as infringing their intellectual property rights. Sky and the ECB (the governing body for cricket in England and Wales) […]

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Fun with intellectual property

Intellectual property law has never been a laughing matter. Until now. Having a sense of humour on the internet is fraught with many dangers, but, beyond the minefields of taste and offence, the wrong joke, using the wrong pop culture reference, could also get a comedian sued. Using material from a song or a film in […]

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‘Have a Break’

Unknown to most, a legal argument about a chocolate bar has been raging now for years and despite a High Court decision last week the battle is set to continue. The case involves trade marks, specifically a three-dimensional mark in the shape of the four-fingered version of the KitKat. In the UK it is possible […]

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Do you really own your web domain?

Unfortunately, many businesses do not own their web domain name. A domain name belongs to the person who is named as the registered proprietor and that may not be you or your business. If you instruct a third party (such as a web developer or designer) to register the domain as part of a general […]

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Top 10 legal tips for selling your business

Thinking of selling your business? Here are my top 10 tips: Keep focused on the business: while your focus may be somewhat shifted towards engineering the sale of the business, it is advised that you employ a qualified team to ensure that the running of the business continues successfully. Employ a legal team to organise […]

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‘Twagiarism’: Jokes hidden on Twitter

“BREAKING NEWS: Twitter is hiding tweets reported stolen. And it’s referring to the author as a ‘copyright holder’” The tweet was made on Saturday 25 July 2015 by @PlagiarismBad in reference to copyright infringement over Twitter. @PlagiarismBad detected five lifted tweets that plagiarised a joke referring to ‘juice cleansing’ composed by writer and comedian Olga Lexell […]

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