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Trade Marks – Luxury Restaurant Dispels Association with Dog Food

Trade marks are an invaluable means of maintaining a bright shine on brands and protecting them against inappropriate associations. In one striking example, the owner of a luxury restaurant won an injunction against a dog food company that traded under a similar name. The restaurant had traded successfully for 15 years, building up a well-heeled clientele,...

Emotion and Litigation are the Worst Bedfellows – Get Professional Advice!

One of the primary reasons why you should always employ a specialist solicitor to represent you in litigation is the need to put emotion to one side. In one case where that sadly did not happen, two sons squandered their entire £125,000 inheritance in pursuing a hopeless challenge to their father’s will. After a number of special bequests, the father had left...

Premier League Wins Novel Court Order to Block Illicit Internet Streaming

The technological race is on between illicit Internet streaming services and rights holders in sporting events that can only be viewed lawfully by subscription. In one case, the High Court made a novel order to protect the Football Association Premier League Limited (FAPL) against the impact of online piracy. FAPL was concerned by the increasing use of set top...

Crossrail – £1.7 Million Cost of Acquiring Kentucky Fried Chicken Outlet

Major infrastructure projects are notoriously expensive and a large proportion of their cost is accounted for by the high price of land acquisition. In one case, Transport for London (TfL) was ordered to pay more than £1.7 million in compensation to the leaseholder of a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise that had to be compulsorily purchased to make way for the...

Royal Mint Tastes Defeat in ‘Sovereign’ Trade Mark Dispute

In a case of interest to brand managers and intellectual property specialists – and coin collectors – the Royal Mint has failed to convince the High Court that it should be granted a UK monopoly on the use of the word ‘sovereign’. Sovereigns, which have a face value of £1 but sell for a great deal more than that, were first struck in 1489, during the...

High Court Keeps Commercially Sensitive Product Information Secret

Litigation often requires disclosure of highly sensitive commercial details. However, as one intellectual property case concerning a mapping database showed, the courts do have sophisticated means of keeping such information under wraps. A company had spent over £500,000 developing what it described as a unique and ground-breaking database of geospatial and...