Plant based food Trade Marks: disputes waiting to happen?

Veganuary is back and the plant based food market is set to boom in the UK according to numerous sources. There are more ads highlighting the benefits of eating plants and with documentaries like Game Changers and Seaspiracy becoming incredibly popular, there have never been more reasons to go vegan. Many consumers are switching to …

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The 2022 Intellectual Property Almanac

2021 saw some interesting intellectual property related issues hit the headlines. There was the “Free Cuthbert” movement when everyone got excited about the intellectual property in chocolate caterpillar cakes, parliamentary hearings on music streaming, a consultation on trade mark exhaustion, and even time for Monopoly to get into trouble with its trade mark. With it …

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Books Notes: In Black and White – A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Legal System

3 Sentence Summary Alexandra Wilson sets out her very real experience of being a pupil Barrister, the professional challenges and the skills that made her have the success she has. She poignantly highlights throughout the book the various discrimination issues facing the Bar and the Criminal Justice System whilst shattering the stereotype that Barristers are …

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Burger King marketing campaign for FIFA 21 exposure raises questions of image rights

Burger King has a brilliant marketing campaign which puts its logo on the shirt worn by football stars such as Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappé. You may think that these players all play for different teams, but when Burger King became the front-of-shirt sponsor for League Two side Stevenage in 2018 it …

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How your food can be protected by Intellectual Property

Fit Kitchen has been successful in protecting its brand against Scratch Meals over the use of the wording "Fit Kitchen" on meals that were being provided to supermarkets. It was held that there was sufficient goodwill in the Fit Kitchen brand in order to establish the goodwill, misrepresentation, and damage necessary for there to be …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Film (with a little bit about stop-motion)

Feature films, documentaries and even 10 second adverts require a huge number of people to come together in order to produce a final product. Projects can have collaborations on the scripts or screen-plays, multiple camera angles can require multiple camera operators and before the cameras even start rolling there are contributions from numerous people. Every …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Wimbledon Tennis Match

The Wimbledon Championships will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, but the BBC will be showing some of the classic tennis matches that have taken place over the years and Wimbledon itself will show some special matches on social media. When watching Roger Federer, Serena Williams or Andy Murray at SW19 you …

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May the 4th be with you: Disney, a hashtag, and a little bit of intellectual property

May 4th is already a significant day for Star Wars, with many fans in lockdown (including this one) thinking about a galaxy far far away. Today appears to be of particular importance with the Skywalker Saga being released on Disney+. But Disney may have tried to go a little too far in its promotion and …

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The ASA vs Zoella and ASOS: Influencers, ad-law and an instagram post

The ASA recently came to a decision which showed that even the most experienced influencers can get ads wrong sometimes.  Zoe Sugg, better known as Zoella (and perhaps one of the "original" influencers), posted an instagram story featuring an image of herself wearing a floral maxi dress last summer and it was found to breach the CAP …

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The IP-ologist: The Intellectual Property in a Pandemic

The Corona Virus Pandemic has had far reaching consequences which we are all aware of.  Below is a brief look at how COVID-19 has raised various issues relating to Intellectual Property. It is not intended to be a review of the most significant issues created by the pandemic, but rather a look at how intellectual …

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