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We are recognised as punching above our weight in the intellectual property arena. Our trade mark team combines a mixture of lawyers and trade mark attorneys and is one of the fastest growing trade mark filing and portfolio management practices in the UK. We have acted on a number of leading trade mark cases over recent years before the UK courts and the ECJ and are becoming increasingly known for our design and domain name work. We have a longstanding reputation for working with creative industries including advertising, media, entertainment, fashion and publishing, whether advising on copyright /clearance issues or licensing commercial rights.
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Parodying lyrics: You say hustlin’, I say shufflin’, let’s call the whole thing offBy Oliver Watson, Oliver Fairhurst
A US judge in Florida has rejected a claim by rapper Rick Ross for copyright infringement. Ross is the rapper responsible for the hook “everyday I’m hustlin’” in his 2006 song Hustlin’. LMFAO are the dance-pop duo responsible for the hit Party Rock Anthem, which included the line “everyday I’m shufflin’”. Ross claimed that the use of LMFAO line infringed the copyright in his song and also objected to the use of the LMFAO line on merchandising. Interestingly, he also sued KIA for its use of the LMFAO song in a TV ad, which had used the LMFAO line as its grand finale, even though such use had properly been licensed from LMFAO’s music label.
Court of Appeal delivers ruling on the availability of injunctions to prevent breach of contractBy Gagan Ranu
In a landmark decision on injunctions the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the existence of a contractual clause which has the effect of limiting or excluding the damages available for breach may be taken into account by the court on applications for injunctive relief when assessing whether damages are an adequate remedy in the American Cyanamid sense.
Brand Academy 2016
Area of law: Intellectual Property21 Jan 2016, 6:00pm - 10:30pm, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN, W1G 0AN
No break for KitKat as EU court rules against monopolies of shapesBy James Sweeting
James Sweeting has been quoted in an article by The Independent which looks at the European Court of Justice’s decision that the shape of Nestlé’s famous four-finger KitKat bar does not merit a trademark.