Posted: Author: James McNeil

How blind is a blind eye?

A defence that is sometimes used when a person is being asked to repay something which he/she has been mistakenly paid, or overpaid is that the person in question has changed their position/circumstance by (i) relying on the payment and (ii) then spending it! Is this defence available to a person when the person in… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

Nutty French antics

A recent article in the IPKAT caught my IP eye concerning the decision of a French court to step in and stop a set of French parents from naming their baby girl Nutella after the well known (and much loved in my household) chocolate & hazelnut spread. Like English parents, usually French parents are free… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

The last song in the Rihanna T-shirt litigation

Breaking news – the Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal brought by Arcadia and upheld the High Court’s previous judgment that Topshop’s sales of T-shirts bearing Rihanna’s image (although correctly licensed in copyright terms) amount to passing off. You may recall that In 2012 Topshop started selling – both in its stores and online… Read more »

Posted: Author: Laura Trapnell

Is this decision laudatory?

There will be a hushed silence this morning in the offices of Grundig Multimedia AG after news that the General Court of the European Union has rejected their appeal against refusal to grant the registration of the Community Trade Mark application of the mark ‘PIANISSIMO’ in respect of electronic devices such as hoovers and washing… Read more »

Posted: Author: David Eminton

Get your statutory demands and court claims in now!

The Government has recently released two sets of proposals that are likely to have an impact on any person or business wanting to bring a claim in the courts. Inflation beating Bankruptcy changes From October 2015 the minimum debt level above which you can petition for bankruptcy is to increase to £5,000. The level was… Read more »