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Tale of two restaurants: appeals court rules for first to use
  • Federis & Associates
  • Philippines
  • November 23 2015

A trademark right acquired through use under the old law is preserved under the first-to-file system of the IP Code. This is the gist of the ruling

Taylor Swift settles promotional sweepstakes dispute
  • Klein Moynihan Turco LLP
  • USA
  • November 11 2015

Last week, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and the American Greetings Corporation ("American Greetings") settled a legal dispute with Blue Sphere, Inc

The naked truth about wine and beer brandmarking
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • USA
  • November 10 2015

In January 2009, an Australian company named Innvopak Systems applied to register WINEBUD as a trademark for (three guesses?) wine. Perhaps

The Florence IP court protects Tuscany’s PDO wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
  • Martini Manna Avvocati
  • Italy
  • November 4 2015

With ruling no. 35752015 of 21 October 2015, the Company Matters division of the Florence District Court (whose jurisdiction encompasses IP matters

New Bill introduced to accept wine and spirit geographical indications in New Zealand
  • AJ Park
  • New Zealand
  • November 3 2015

Wine and spirit geographical indications will soon be able to be registered in New Zealand as a result of a Bill introduced into Parliament today. A

What’s in a name? choosing a “sweet” name for your company
  • Pitmans LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 30 2015

If you are considering running your restaurant or bar or other business in the hospitality sector through a private company, then choosing its name

Alcohol company challenges Malibu Rum version of “Dark ‘N Stormy”
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 25 2015

Gosling Brothers Ltd. has filed a complaint against Pernod Ricard USA, maker of Malibu Island Spiced Rum, alleging that a recipe on the Malibu

Whole Foods’ “Criterion Collection” wines infringe trademark, video company alleges
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2015

Video publisher The Criterion Collection has filed a trademark dilution suit against Whole Foods and an alcohol supplier alleging that a line of

You can run, but you can’t hide: the Organised Crime Act 2015 and its impact on remote gambling operations and intellectual property piracy
  • Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Singapore
  • August 21 2015

Organized crime is nothing new to Singapore. Secret societies commonly associated with violence, extortion and vice flourished in colonial Singapore

Buildings and precincts: brand, common heritage or geographical?
  • FB Rice
  • Australia
  • July 30 2015

In the matter of MID Sydney Pty Ltd v The Australian Tourism Co Ltd & Ors 1998 FCA 185 (11 March 1998) the developer of the building called CHIFLEY