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The German Federal Court has delivered a judgment on whether the playing of background music at a dentist’s was a ‘communication to the public’.
The High Court has rejected an appeal against the refusal of an application for registration of the name CANARY WHARF as a trademark.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has delivered a ruling in respect of the distribution right set out in Article 4(1) of the Copyright Directive.
Morally questionable trademarks download
National and regional trademark laws will invariably stipulate that a trademark cannot be registered if its registration would upset accepted standards of morality.
Where the relevant public has a basic knowledge of Arabic, this should be taken into account.
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Hashtage in the infringement frame.
ISP ordered to take measures against its subscribers.
A round-up of the latest intellectual property issues, including parody and theatrical copyright, Instagram and copyright, an album copyright dispute, and Rihanna.
Chanel has successfully opposed the sign BOY CAPEL, based on its prior registration of BOY CHANEL, and other developments.
In a summary judgment decision, HHJ Hacon in the IPEC found that the registration by an employee of the defendant of domain names constituted passing off.
The claimant was the proprietor of the mark PUMA used in connection with sportswear. The defendant, a T-shirt design company, was the registered proprietor of the mark PUDEL (‘poodle’ in English), which was registered later.
In Maier v Asos Plc the claimant was appealing against a High Court decision that there was no likelihood of confusion between the defendant’s word mark ASOS and its own word mark ASSOS.
The music industry is no stranger to cases of copyright infringement.
In C More Entertainment v Sandberg the claimant was a Swedish pay-TV company that broadcasts ice hockey matches on its website, upon payment of a fee.
Katy Perry, following her performance at this year’s Superbowl, has since tried to register the Left Shark design as a trademark.
The General Court has delivered a significant ruling on the invalidity of a Community trade mark for lack of distinctive character.
In March, MPs backed legislation for the plain packaging of cigarettes. Health campaigners have welcomed the news; tobacco companies have not.
Contrasting decisions involving applications for registrations of the respective marks GREEN SMOKE and GREENWORLD are instructive in highlighting registry approaches to the concept of distinctiveness.
Boeing recently filed a patent application related to the 3D printing of replacement aircraft parts – just one of an increasing number of filings related to 3D printing.