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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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They forgot about Drai

It’s fair to say that the bigger the brand, the more valuable it is; so it is no surprise that businesses will try their best to protect their brand even when, in hindsight, it may not have been the most commercially sound decision. A perfect example of this is the recently reported case involving rap […]

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The shape of things to come?

Whilst the most common way to register a trade mark is using a word or logo “mark”, there are other options available if your business uses something that is sufficiently distinctive enough, for example a colour, a smell or a shape. The common hurdles for registering a trade mark that must be overcome include: the […]

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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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Don’t burn your cakes

Have you managed by some miracle to avoid the furore which surrounds the Bake Off, or The Great British Bake Off as it is properly entitled? News of its sale to Channel 4 has reached unprecedented levels of media coverage this week. An eye watering £75m was paid for a three-year deal for the show. […]

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Setting the Olympic bar

What better way to grab people’s attention than to take a ride on the back of the Olympic train? Remember the excitement surrounding the London Olympics. I attended some of the events myself and the buzz around London was staggering. Shops were full of merchandise and people flocked to get their hands on the memorabilia. […]

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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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Holiday Parks – Know Your Name

Does your park have a name which stands out from the crowd? Is there another park with the same name? Are clients confused? What if someone sets up down the road with the same name? Have you heard of trade marks or brand names? A trade mark is basically a method of distinguishing the good/services […]

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