Brand Matters

Brand Matters

Issue 8
UK ratifies Hague Agreement giving designers flexibility in international applications

UK ratifies Hague Agreement giving designers flexibility in international applications

Designers seeking to protect their valuable designs by registering them in a number of territories can make use of the Hague system of international designs, rather than filing separate applications in the territories of interest

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Inside IP: Brexit - More clarity for brand owners

Inside IP: Brexit - More clarity for brand owners

Since the referendum result on 23 June 2016, brand owners have been seeking clarity as to the treatment of their valuable intellectual property rights post-Brexit. Until the 'big picture' issues could be agreed, these questions could not be discussed.

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Will LNDR beat LDNR?

Will LNDR beat LDNR?

It was the campaign that seemingly ticked all the boxes and became a massive social media phenomenon. But the Nike 'Nothing beats a Londoner' campaign has led to it being subject to an interim injunction and facing a trade mark trial

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Gender pay within the luxury goods sector

Gender pay within the luxury goods sector

With the first annual reporting window having closed on 4 April, we look at how the luxury goods sector has fared in the first year of mandatory gender pay gap reporting

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Crocs design invalid: Snappy design protection needed to prevent self-disclosure

Crocs design invalid: Snappy design protection needed to prevent self-disclosure

The latest stage in this long-running dispute concerning the validity of the iconic clog design has found that Crocs' prior disclosure of its clog product (through its sales and marketing activities) had led to its EU design registration being invalid

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Website

Online #ads under the spotlight

The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a call for evidence into how consumers recognise online ads, and the labelling that is used. This is the first stage in a project that may lead to revisions around ad regulation

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The online single market moves a step closer

The online single market moves a step closer

In late February 2018, the EU adopted a Regulation which, from December 2018, will prohibit unjustified geo-blocking.

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China sunrise

IP enforcement in China - There is a will, but is there a way?

When it comes to protecting their IP in China, brand owners often face an all too familiar dilemma. Should they make a significant investment to protect their IP despite knowing that it can be difficult to enforce?

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