Successful copyright claim for the Duchess of Sussex

In early 2021, the High Court of England and Wales found that Associated Newspapers Limited, , had infringed copyright belonging to the Duchess of Sussex and unlawfully invaded her privacy. We analyse what led to the decision of infringement in the Duchess’ case.

The Greenshoots Podcast by Appleyard Lees – episode 19: a conversation with five-time Paralympic gold-medallist Hannah Cockroft

A Paralympian’s career, and innovation in parasports As the Tokyo 2020/21 Olympics approach, British wheelchair racing athlete and Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft discusses her preparation for the games, and the drivers behind innovation in her sport. Hannah is a five-time Paralympic champion, twelve-time world champion, and T34 world record holder for the 100 metre, […]

What’s the scoop on the Mr Whippy decision?

Summary Despite “convincing arguments” against the strength of the evidence of use submitted by Unilever Plc, following the close-cut decision of the IPO on the 11 November 2019, the applicants’ appeal was dismissed by the Appointed Person on 1 June 2020. The figurative MR WHIPPY mark (the Mark), in a partial win for the applicants, […]

Pressing pause on your intellectual property: Part two – litigation

This three-part series examines how intellectual property protection can continue in a productive and effective way, during this time of remote working, shifting priorities, uncertainty and change. The process of protecting intellectual property is, unsurprisingly, dependent on inventors, innovators and lawyers having access to their physical workspace – a lab, a shop floor, a workshop, […]

UK pulls the plug on UP/UPC

The UK Government has announced that it will not take part in the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC) systems.  A UK Government spokesman stated: “The UK will not be seeking involvement in the UP/UPC system. Participating in a court that applies EU law and bound by the CJEU is inconsistent with our […]

Does an overly-wide trade mark specification indicate bad faith?

TRUMP TV ON APPEAL TO HIGH COURTUKIPO decision number O-409-18Trade mark application no. 3193965 TRUMP TV in the name of Trump International Limited and opposition proceedings brought by DTTM Operations LLC Discussion points Is section 32(3) of the Trade Marks Act 1994, which requires an intention to use a UK trade mark at the time […]

Parallel imports: navigating the grey market

Where there is trade, trade mark infringement often follows. For brand owners, in particular in the pharmaceutical field, one of the most difficult trade arenas to navigate can be the grey market. This is our brand owner’s guide to the grey market in the UK and European Economic Area (EEA), what it is and when […]