Brand Matters

Issue 21
7129Sally Britton, Partner, Dispute Resolution

Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest edition of Brand Matters.

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19869

New Form of Trading? Getting to the bottom of NFT.

With Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) booming, and more and more people seeking to use them to extract value from digital assets, we explore the intellectual property issues.

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20431

General Court confirms that Hasbro's MONOPOLY trade mark is a bad faith re-filing

In Hasbro v EUIPO, the General Court has upheld the EUIPO Board of Appeal's finding that so-called "re-filed" trade marks may be bad faith applications, subject to certain conditions.

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20215

Buy-now-pay-later service launches 'Influencer Council' as Government announces regulation of BNPL services

Buy-now-pay-later services are under the spotlight with the Government announcing that they are to be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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20436

Double "C" v Double "U": General Court finds Chanel and Huawei logos not similar

The EU General Court has agreed with the EUIPO that logos owned by Chanel and Huawei are not similar, as the marks must be compared in the form registered, without altering their orientation.

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20198

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: Will the UK be at the forefront of the revolution?

The UKIPO has published the Government's response following its 2020 call for views on the interplay between intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence.

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20082

Court of Appeal upholds copyright infringement finding against TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio has substantially lost its appeal against a finding that its radio streaming service infringed copyrights owned by Warner Music and Sony, when its UK listeners streamed foreign radio stations.

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20272

New Plans Unveiled to Tackle Harmful Waste Fuelled by Fast Fashion

DEFRA has launched a consultation on a new Waste Prevention Programme which aims to reduce waste by increasing the reuse, repair and remanufacture of products - a clear step in further increasing the implementation of the "circular economy" within UK industry.

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20029

House of Copycats: infringing designs, but no passing off

The High Court has found unregistered design infringement in a case concerning bodycon dresses but, reluctantly, has rejected a passing off claim based on copying aspects of the Claimant's business and marketing.

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19960

New ASA report reveals "unacceptable" failure by influencers to abide by the rules

A recent report published by the Advertising Standards Authority has found that one in four Instagram Stories posted by influencers included advertising content, but that just 35% of them were clearly labelled and obviously identifiable as such.

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19737

Let the music play – just not on cyberlocker and stream ripping websites

The High Court has made, for the first time, website blocking orders against unlicensed ‘cyberlocker’ and stream ripping websites which infringe the claimant record companies' copyright in their music/videos.

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20096

Court of Appeal upholds findings of trade mark infringement and passing off in gymnastics bodies dispute

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the British Amateur Gymnastics Association (BAGA), the National Governing Body (NGB) for UK amateur gymnastics.

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