Five of the Most High Profile Trade Mark Cases

High profile trade mark disputes are always fascinating, with plenty involving huge brands over the years. Dawn Ellmore have chosen five of the most fascinating high profile trade mark battles. Toblerone V Poundland After the Brexit vote led to a… Continue Reading →

‘Zootopia’ Copyright US Lawsuit Against Disney Dismissed

A US judge recently dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against Disney for its animated award winning film “Zootopia”.  “Zootopia” was released in March 2016 and is the fifth-highest-grossing animated film of all time. The copyright infringement lawsuit was brought… Continue Reading →

Huawei Considers Next Step Following Receipt of UK Court’s First Ever ‘FRAND’ Injunction

The Chinese networking and telecommunications equipment company Huawei technologies (ranked second in a list of the top 10 PCT patent applicants for 2016) was recently subject to the UK’s first ever patent infringement fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) injunction.  A… Continue Reading →

Small Brewery Forced to Rebrand Following Trade Mark Dispute Over ‘Moose’ Name

Small US based brewery ‘Mooselick Brewery’ which opened in 2015 was recently forced to change its name to ‘Granite Roots Brewing’ after being accused of trade mark infringement by the much larger Canadian Brewery ‘Moosehead Brewing’ founded in 1867 over… Continue Reading →

Monster Energy in Trade Mark Violation Court Dispute

Monster Energy is a well-known energy drink introduced to the market in 2002 and now sold globally is owned by the US based Monster Beverage Corporation.  The company is known for aggressively defending its trade marks (including its name, slogans… Continue Reading →

Patent Lawsuits Increase by a Third in China

The total number of patents issued in 2016 in China increased 24% to over 1.2 million.  Patent lawsuits in China were recently reported to have increased by 37% to 28,916 in 2016 when compared with 2015 figures.  Patent lawsuits related… Continue Reading →

Louis Vuitton Loses Further Trade Mark Lawsuit Against My Other Bag

European multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton’s parent company) recently lost a further trade mark lawsuit against American accessories brand My Other Bag founded in 2012 by Tara Martin.  My Other Bag prints animations inspired by iconic handbag designs… Continue Reading →

Hepatitis C Patents Ruling means Gilead Ordered to Pay Merck $2.54 Billion

Gilead Sciences was recently ordered to pay $2.54 billion to Merck to resolve a long-running patent dispute concerning its blockbuster patent sellers Sovaldi (earning Gilead $19 billion) and Harvoni (earning Gilead $23 billion) for hepatitis C treatment. The patent dispute… Continue Reading →

Michael Jordan Won Rights to his Chinese Name in a Long Run Trade Mark Battle

Michael Jordan asked Chinese authorities in 2012 to revoke Qiaodan Sports Co’s trade marks, which featured a similar name and logo to Jordan’s Nike-produced brand and he claimed mislead consumers about its ties to him. In a recent ruling by… Continue Reading →

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