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Rap artist M.I.A. brings attention to the importance of balancing the enforcement of legal rights with reputation management
  • Shoosmiths LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • February 10 2016

London rapper Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam pka M.I.A. Is known for being an artist who is not afraid to express her political opinions and promote

YouTube 'reacts'
  • Shoosmiths LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • February 8 2016

A recent decision by two YouTube bloggers to cancel their portfolio of trade mark applications serves as an important reminder for businesses to

Protecting Rudolph - trade marks and copyright helping commercialise Christmas songs
  • Marks & Clerk
  • United Kingdom
  • December 23 2015

23 December 2015 With festive songs from years gone by playing on the radio and familiar family films returning to our television screens, many of us

Famous, Festive Filings and Other Tactical Trade Marks
  • Bond Dickinson LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • December 16 2015

'Celebrity' is by no means a new concept and, for decades, stars have been concerned with protecting their image and status, usually through

UK ukulele confusion - national passing off rights save the day where CTM fails
  • D Young & Co
  • United Kingdom
  • November 3 2015

A recent UK court decision demonstrates the potential vulnerability of Community Trade Marks (CTMs) having a low degree of distinctive character, the

Dismaland, Disney and trade mark parody
  • Walker Morris LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 30 2015

In August, the Dismaland "bemusement" park opened its doors in Weston-super-Mare. The brainchild of the street artist Banksy, the venture, which had

IP and the beauty industry: cosmetic concerns?
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Global, United Kingdom
  • October 21 2015

The world of beauty has well and truly come of age. No longer are women (and increasingly, men), limited to the application of crushed carmine

The NOW TV case: mere reputation of international brand is not enough to protect unregistered trade mark in the UK
  • Fladgate LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 16 2015

The world has “internationalised” at an astonishing rate in the last 20 to 30 years. People are better travelled and are familiar with overseas

EMEA legal insights bulletin
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Azerbaijan, Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
  • September 15 2015

It is forecast that seven of the top 10 countries in terms of GDP growth within the next decade will be from Africa. But this growth is wholly

Protecting your Intellectual Property in the UK
  • Cooley LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 9 2015

The digital revolution has dramatically changed how we interact with technology. Consumers are now also co-creators and technology is becoming