On 14 January 2019 the Trade Mark Regulations 2018 (SI 2018/825) come into force. These Regulations implement the EU’s Trade Mark Directive 2015/2436 and make a number of amendments to the Trade Mark Act 1994. The purpose is to further harmonise trade mark law across the EU.
It seems Dr Dre took a chronic dislike to the prospect of Dr Drai securing a registered trademark for his phonetically similar trading name on grounds that it would cause confusion.
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is fighting a battle to continue to play football at its Champion Hill ground, but it cannot have expected to face a fight to use its 125-year-old name.
The recent proliferation of ‘crypto-opportunities’ and schemes to fund Bitcoin mining operations, all beg the question of the extent to which such creditably imaginative schemes are regulated by the FSMA financial promotion restrictions.
Last week Google’s Project Zero team published details of serious security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every modern computer, and could allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data.
In a developing story, where all the facts are not yet clear, Wembley National Stadium (“WNS”) has successfully applied to invalidate Wembley Football Club (“WFC”)’s 2012 EU registered trade mark.
Toblerone has tempered Poundland’s launch of its rival “Twin Peaks” chocolate bar by threatening infringement action.