Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ has recently come under fire for accusations of ‘magpieing’ the song’s catchy hook from a little-known artist. These accusations will culminate in a High Court appearance later this week that will consider the relevant copyright laws. If the trial has piqued your interest in this particularly ‘shapely’ area of IP law, and you’re wondering what relevance it might have to your business, please continue reading.
M&S had commenced an intellectual property claim against Aldi alleging that Aldi’s caterpillar shaped cake named ‘Cuthbert’ infringes the M&S Colin the Caterpillar trademark and amounts to ‘passing off’.
Ignition Law have welcomed IP and commercial law specialist Billy Jenks to its team.
For companies looking to protect their brands in the UK and across Europe more generally, it was, until recently, most cost effective to register trademarks with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Upon registration, the relevant intellectual property would be protected throughout the EU, including the UK.
Caroline Sherrington & Helen Burt discuss trade marking and retaining ownership over the use of name and brand in Tech City News