IP & Technology

The European Court of Justice (‘ECJ’) has decided that the Rubik Cube shape cannot be a valid registered trade mark. The shape of this well-known best seller puzzle toy had been registered as an EU trade mark from as long ago as 1999. The registration was challenged by a third party toy manufacturer competitor in… Read more »

IP & Technology

Trade marks and the ELVIS wars – pick your fights carefully? Who would have thought we would see a Scottish based brewery taking on the might of the Elvis Presley Estate in a trade mark dispute? Well expect the unexpected in the world of trade marks. Founders of the popular BrewDog brand have apparently been… Read more »

Dispute Resolution

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling highlights  national court’s powers to enforce password protection on Wi-Fi networks and clarifies the instances where providers of free, unprotected wireless networks/ access points can avoid liability for intellectual property (copyright in particular) infringement carried out by third parties on such networks. Liability for Copyright Infringement over… Read more »

IP & Technology

Buildings and property developments increasingly have unique personalities and commonly are given a quirky name or title as part of their address. They can also have distinct and instantaneously recognisable design features. Some even become iconic such as the Gherkin and the Shard in London. Nick names are also common. This means that they can… Read more »

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