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British Airways’ wings clipped by Michael Gleissner

January 4 2018 We’ve come to expect a steady stream of trade mark decisions involving Michael Gleissner. We have previously reported on this enigmatic and admonished…

Celebrity brand endorsements on social media - what are the rules?

June 29 2017 Consumers are no strangers to seeing products and services endorsed or promoted on popular social media platforms by high-profile celebrities. Most…

Michael Gleissner Strikes Again

September 22 2017 The summer, a time of inactivity: the media was in ‘silly season’, MPs recessed from parliament, and people holidayed. One person who kept busy…

Economic Impact of Counterfeit Goods

March 31 2017 The EUIPO and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) have collaborated to develop a detailed report that seeks to quantify the…

The demand letter that went viral

August 21 2017 If you’re a small business who feels intimidated by a demand letter from a bigger brand owner with deeper pockets, then the most obvious recourse does…

The UKIPO puts out the idea of NIVEA for tobacco products

December 14 2018 In September this year, Beiersdorf, the parent company of the skincare range NIVEA, successfully opposed a UK application consisting of the word…

Five days of Brexit - 5. What about references to ‘the EU’ in my agreements?

December 7 2018 As parliament continues to debate Theresa May’s plan for exiting the EU, we’re commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and…

Five days of Brexit - 4. What about ongoing oppositions?

December 6 2018 As parliament continues to debate Theresa May’s plan for exiting the EU, we’re commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and…

Five days of Brexit - 3. What about non use?

December 5 2018 As parliament starts debating Theresa May’s plan for exiting the EU, we’re commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and Brexit:…

Black [Market] Friday and Cyber [fraud] Monday: are some deals just too good to be true?

November 23 2018 Originating from across the pond in the US, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were created as a marketing ploy to entice consumers into the shops after…