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The battle of the colour purple

The battle of the colour purple

Cadbury, the British, multinational, confectionery company, has lost a long-standing battle over the use of its iconic colour purple as a trade mark. Cadbury tried to register its particular shade of purple, otherwise known as Pantone 2685C, as a UK trademark. A trade mark is a sign which can distinguish your goods and services from… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Lush Vs Amazon battle continues…

Amazon

The next episode of the Lush versus Amazon trademark battle has been issued. To continue on from my article of 11th February – ‘Beauty company Lush’s landmark victory over Amazon’ – the next move in the dispute has been played by Lush. Lush’s owners have trademarked the name ‘Christopher North’ – the managing director of… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Businesses, brands and a lot of litigation

The legal landscape around brands has come a long way since trade mark protection entered the statute books in 1875. Case law is continually evolving to resolve brand issues faced by businesses. Some of the latest examples illustrate the fine line between sensible brand protection and unnecessary litigation. Beyond formally recognised assets such as brand… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The law on shooting famous buildings

Trademarked buildings, architectural copyright and logos littered across the urban landscape raise serious questions for professional photographers. All can be overcome if you know the law. The first thing to note is that you do not need permission to take pictures from a public place, even if you capture recognisable buildings, or people for that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Sausages disallowed in Olympic race for most ridiculous story

Olympic fever is sweeping the country and with the commencement of the Games only a few days away, people are getting into the spirit, purchasing last minute tickets, and putting up decorations. Now, whilst many people may think that there is no harm in using a little “artistic licence” in getting into the spirit by… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Chocolate rabbit refused an EU trademark

The work our Media and Creative Industries team does on trademarks is always interesting and an occasional perk of the job is receiving samples of the goods being registered or in dispute. The following recent case is clearly one we would all have liked to have had…purely for legal interest of course! A case has… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)