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Kellogg v Kokkinakis: the “Special K” trademark case

Kellogg’s is taking Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis to court over his attempt to trademark his “Special K” nickname. The food giant, which registered the Australian trademark for Special K in 1955 to protect its signature cereal brand, wants to...

Nestlé loses EU Kit Kat trademark: what are the implications for businesses?

In December 2016, the General Court of the European Union (EGC) dismissed Nestlé’s attempt to register the four-fingered shape of the brand’s signature Kit Kat chocolate bars as an EU trademark. Marking the latest development in a decade-long legal battle...

The products copied before their launch –IP challenges faced by crowdfunders

When Matthew and Mark McLachlan started crowdfunding for their product, the Fidget Cube, in August 2016, no one could have predicted its rapid success. The brothers, collectively known as Antsy Labs, had reached their $15,000 goal by the end of...

What’s really on your plate? The growing threat of food fraud

Food fraud, the criminal activity of making profit by substituting expensive ingredients for cheaper ones, hit the headlines in Britain when the horsemeat scandal broke out in 2013. After retailers, such as Asda and Tesco, admitted to unwittingly selling horsemeat...

To link or not to link… is now the question if copyright may be infringed

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has recently ruled that posting hyperlinks to copyright-protected works published without their author’s consent can, sometimes, constitute copyright infringement. The ruling aimed to strike a ‘fair balance’ between protecting the interests of copyright holders...

All you need to know about using copyrighted music on YouTube

With more than 1 billion monthly users, YouTube is the world’s largest video sharing platform; in 2012, only seven years after its creation, 60 hours of video were uploaded every minute and YouTube mobile alone received over 600 million views...

Drugs that kill – the human cost of counterfeit medicines

‘Drug counterfeiting is not a problem of intellectual property. It is first and foremost a problem of public health. This is a fundamental point. The problems of intellectual property may exist, but they are secondary to the problems of public...

The effects of Brexit on IP

On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. While several lawyers argue that the result is not legally binding (partners of law firm Mishcon de Reya have even recently claimed that for the Prime Minister to...

SnapDragon celebrates British IP day

Today (the 8th of July) marks the first ever British IP day, celebrating the immense contribution intellectual property (IP) makes to the UK’s economic, cultural and social wellbeing. Intellectual property is central to a variety of industries, from software to fashion...

‘Patent trolls’ – major threats to SMEs and innovation

‘Patent trolls’, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) are firms which do not make or sell anything, but exist solely so as to exploit rights in patents that they obtain from another company. This makes them an increasing...