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Greenshoots is a collection of fresh intellectual property insight, analysis and commentary on the issues that matter most to those who invent, manage and protect intellectual property, written by the IP specialists of Appleyard Lees.

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Litigation

Mediation – an alternative to litigation?

A number of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) strategies have been developed over the last few decades. They can provide cost-effective alternatives to court proceedings, and allow two parties to negotiate a settlement in a confidential environment.

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Article

Oh why…did the copyright claims against Ed Sheeran fail? 

On 6 April 2022, after a high-stakes, eleven day trial, the High Court of England and Wales declared that Ed Sheeran, singer/songwriter, did not infringe copyright relating to the song “Oh Why” by Sami Chokri. The allegation that Ed Sheeran copied the catchy parts of “Oh Why” was therefore dismissed by the Court.

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Trade marks

Refiling refreshed registrations: what are the rules?

Logos often evolve over time. It’s a way to maintain consumer recognition by retaining familiar, recognisable features, whilst also keeping up with design trends. Olivia Hamilton discusses ‘non-use’, ‘bad faith’, and the rules around re-filing refreshed trade marks.

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