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Rio 2014 - Be sure to avoid ambush marketing, or your company may end up with a red card.

It was everywhere – the TV, the newspaper, Facebook, Twitter, your local pub…football was ‘coming home’, and it was here to stay for a while. The 2014 World Cup produced record breaking viewing figures for its broadcasts, as according to FIFA the US v Ghana match drew in 11.1 million viewers on ESPN, and (although we may wish we never had watched it) England v Italy drew in 14.2…

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Scarlett Johansson not very flattered by French author as she wins a €2500 payout

It seems that for Scarlett Johansson, imitation is certainly not the sincerest form of flattery. This month, a court in Paris ordered successful French Novelist Gregorie Delacourt to pay damages for his ‘hurtful and demeaning depiction’ of Scarlett Johansson in his book, ‘La première chose qu'on regarde’, or ‘The First Thing We Look At’.No tributes, pleaseAs the book is apparently…

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European Commission criticises Apple over its lack of plans for ‘in-app’ purchase protection

It’s a dreaded situation for many parents. Whilst letting your kids play ‘free’ games on the iPhone and iPad (or other devices that will inevitably end up covered in greasy finger marks and snot) will keep them busy and quiet, any sense of calm rapidly vanishes when you’re hit with a large bill from the App Store.Many apps are free but some, especially games, are designed to tempt…

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Time for e-commerce businesses to stamp out counterfeits as Cartier launches legal challenge

On Thursday last week the internationally renowned jeweller and watch-maker, Cartier, launched a new claim at the High Court in London. This claim, however, is not your usual commercial claim. Unlike previous litigation which Cartier has been involved in: copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and contractual disputes (etc), this case centres around liability for those…

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What’s in a name? Chanel wins US lawsuit against ‘Chanel’s Salon’

With a brand value of $7bn and a world wide historic reputation, fashion powerhouse Chanel should be pretty happy with their lot. But this seemingly wasn’t enough, as in December 2014 the Paris based company won its lawsuit against Chanel Jones on the basis of trademark infringement.Taking the creditIn September 2014, Chanel filed a complaint against Ms Chanel Jones, the owner of…

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Trademark Dilution - What it is, why it matters and how to prevent it!

A cruel ironyIt is the dream of any company for their product to become a household name – a product so popular that it deserves its own place in the English Dictionary, such as to ‘Google’ or to ‘Photoshop’. Yet, whilst these levels of popularity may conjure up images of bank vaults filled to the brim with money, they are in fact synonymous with the death of a brand, and the collapse…

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Pitbull Sued by Oskar for $3million over ‘Timber’ harmonica sample

“Live in hotels, swing on planes. Blessed to say, money ain’t a thing.” Despite these wise poetic words from Pitbull, it would appear money certainly is a thing when you’re faced with a $3million lawsuit.An infringement battle is brewing over Pitbull and Ke$ha’s 2013 hit ‘Timber’, as 3 songwriters, Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar and Greg Errico, are claiming that the harmonica melody is…

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The comic book community thinks it’s time to give Finger a hand

This year sees the 75th anniversary of Batman, and with the recent film franchise grossing approximately $2.5 billion, and a rare Batman comic selling at auction for $1,075,500 in 2010, there certainly seems to be cause for celebration. Yet, recent attention has not been on the well-known creator Bob Kane but his unaccredited partner, the seemingly ‘un-sung hero’ Bill Fingers.Lack…

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The low-down on the emergency data law, and what it means for you

assortment of headlines running from ‘snoopers charter’ to a ‘drama out of a non-existent crisis’. While the ‘privacy versus security’ discussion could be had until the cows come home, it’s important to understand what this new law is, why we have it, and what it means for you.What’s it all about, and why has it happened?Before we go into the legal part, let’s get our facts straight.…

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Learning lessons from Apple – An overview of Apple’s Intellectual Property courtroom battles.

With a value worth around $465 billion and as the most valuable company in the US, there are certainly many ‘lessons’ companies would like to learn from Apple. Yet, whilst the world has seen the rapid growth of Apple products (with a reported 47.8 million iPhones sold in just one quarter of 2013) this growth has not been without its legal battles. In the tech-focused era today,…

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