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0 19.08.2014

TRADE MARK AND PATENT SCAMS – Don’t be duped!

tl_files/2014/hoax.jpgINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE PASSING OFF CASE SUCCEEDS AGAINST BLATANT OFFENDERS

Organisations passing themselves off as what appears to be the official national registration body, the IPO, under convincing names such as the Patent and Trade Mark Office and Trade Mark Organisation have been successfully sued by the UK Intellectual Property Office.  Aleksandrs Radcuks and Igor Villers have admitted the offence and paid the IPO an undisclosed, but substantial sum of money.

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0 13.08.2014

DESIGN EXHIBITIONS – showcases or inspirational supermarkets for copyists?

tl_files/2013/December 2013/dids mugshot.jpgFive routes to design protection at exhibitions

In September, from fashion to furniture, the UK becomes a hotspot of exhibitions and design events such as the London Design Festival;  a magnet for design buyers and the retail industry who come to do business to the UK in what is one of the most innovative countries in the world. Remarkably, in a digital age, showcasing new designs is a still a preferred route to market. But exhibitions and shows can be a copyists’ paradise. Taking the fast track to market on the back of another’s design equity is rife. It happened to me badly when I discovered our entire new product range replicated exactly 3 stands away. I was gutted.

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0 11.08.2014

NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MINISTER REVEALS HER IP PRIORITIES

tl_files/2014/baroness neville rolfe.jpgIn an exclusive interview and guest blog with Managing Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, talking about her appointment as the new IP Minister said, “As someone for whom creativity and innovation have been a key driver this is a fantastic opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down.” She went on to explain her priorities:

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0 06.08.2014

SKULL AND CROSS BUNS TRIUMPHS IN TWO DAVID AND GOLIATH BATTLES

tl_files/2014/EMILY FOX BUS STAMP.jpgACID member Emily Fox, trades under the brand Skull and Cross Buns designs and sells original, high quality rubber stamps, mainly for use by crafters under an ‘angel policy’ has successfully settled proceedings against Paperlink Limited and the Billabong Group. The copyright allegations were about two of Ms Fox’s stamps, one of which was alleged to have been applied to greetings cards by Paperlink and sold in some of the bigger stationary supply chains in the country and the other was alleged to have been applied to a t-shirt design by one of the Billabong Group’s subsidiary companies.

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0 06.08.2014

TABLE ART SECURES DISPUTED GERMAN DOMAIN NAME

tl_files/2014/Crystal Globe - Vow Awards.jpgACID member Table Art has successfully tackled an on-going dispute with German company Dawnconcepts with undertakings to transfer a disputed and valuable domain name. Table Art operates it website and trades under the domain name www.table-art.co.uk. The company has a German office and was therefore shocked to note that former customer, Dawnconcepts had started selling identical products from a website it had launched under the domain www.table-art.de. This is Table Art’s second successful enforcement of their rights.

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