H&M patent dispute
Post on 18 Jun 2015
In a recent dispute involving H&M, the Court of Appeal has held that the clothing company could not challenge the validity of a patent as a defence to Stretchline's claim for breach of contract, having previously settled all issues relating to the dispute. Stretchline's patent sought to protect...
Intellectual Property
Litigation
Post on 1 Jun 2015
An appeal brought by the Hong Kong based PCCW Group against Sky for passing off was dismissed by the Supreme Court ("the Court") on 13 May 2015. Interestingly, this is the first 'passing off' case heard by the highest court of England since the iconic Jif Lemon case in 1990.  The PCCW Group (...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Litigation
Post on 1 Jun 2015
Microsoft-owned Skype Ultd ('Skype') has had its community trade mark application rejected by the General Court of the European Union ("the Court"), due to a likelihood of confusion between the word mark and the earlier word mark 'Sky' registered by Sky plc ('Sky'). In a dispute which has been...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Michelmores, Law, Solicitor, Lawyer, IP, IP Law, Intellectual Property
Post on 7 May 2015
The Court of Appeal has recently concluded that the 'SCRAMBLE' mark registered by Mattel (who control the rights in the popular game 'Scrabble') was infringed by Zynga's use of 'SCRAMBLE' and 'SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS' in its electronic word game.  In contrast to the decision of the High Court, the...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Technology
Michelmores, Law, Solicitors, IP, IP Law, Intellectual Property
Post on 5 May 2015
The Intellectual Property (IP) team at Michelmores has been shortlisted in the category of ' IP Team of the Year' in The Lawyer Awards 2015.  Now in its 21st year, The Lawyer Awards celebrate excellence across the UK legal sector, and have received a record number of entries this year.   The other...
Intellectual Property
Technology
Michelmores
News
Post on 17 Apr 2015
The European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has given a preliminary ruling on the jurisdiction of member states in relation to copyright materials published without the owner’s consent.  The Austrian case of Pez Hejduk v EnergieAgentur.NRW GmbH, Case C-441/13 concerned the use of photographs by a...
Intellectual Property
Post on 23 Mar 2015
Legislation has now been passed to introduce Regulations which will standardise cigarette packaging in the UK, following Ireland and Australia's decision to do the same. The changes will mean that from May 2016, all packets of cigarettes will be uniform in size, shape and design, displaying a...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Post on 9 Mar 2015
The length of copyright protection in the UK for mass-produced artistic works is to increase in line with other artworks, as of 6 April 2020.  This change comes as a result of a Government consultation with interested parties in autumn last year. The Report was published on 18 February 2015. ...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Post on 27 Feb 2015
UK brewery, Hogs Back Brewery has issued proceedings against cider brand Magners (owned by the C&C Group) for trade mark infringement.  The dispute between the cider makers relates to a portable cider dispenser, "Cider Hog", launched by the Magners brand in June 2014.  Hogs Back Brewery...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing
Food & Drink
Post on 27 Feb 2015
Fresh Trading Ltd ("Fresh"), which owns the Innocent brand, has been successful in its copyright ownership dispute over its now famous "Dude" logo.  The subject of the dispute was the unsigned agreement with a design company marked "heads of agreement" and "subject to contract". This provided for...
Intellectual Property
Manufacturing

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