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Roger Federer and trade marks: what's happening at Wimbledon?

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Brands can be everything when it comes to sport, with international athletes providing the perfect platform to advertise brands across the globe. And when Wimbledon 2018 ‘served off’ on Monday, with the first match on Centre Court played by last...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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“Take a look at my distributorship agreement. It’s the only one I got. Not much of an agreement. Never seem to get a lot. Take a jumbo across the water. Like to see my [favourite overseas country]." (with apologies to Supertramp and...

UK brands undeterred by new US etail tax - Partner Steve Sidkin quoted in Drapers

Stephen Sidkin
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Last week the US Supreme Court ruled that individual states have the authority to collect sales taxes from online retailers, overturning a 1992 “physical presence requirement” that previously only affected retailers with physical stores. Stephen...

Trade marks at the World Cup: Jesse Lingard runs, shoots and scores - but could he still pick up a red card?

Ryan Weeks
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England international Jesse Lingard, currently in Russia for the World Cup Finals, has recently filed through his company, Jlingz Limited, four trade mark applications for the word mark “JLINGZ” and logos incorporating the action of his signature...

"Put on your red shoes and let's trade mark them!" Louboutin wins legal battle to protect iconic red soles

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When designing his first pair of stiletto heels using his assistant’s red nail polish in 1993, Christian Louboutin could never have anticipated that his design would become the subject of a lengthy legal battle over whether it could be protected as a...

CVAs: The way to combat 'zombie' high streets?

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CVAs have had a bad rap of late, but could they benefit landlords and fashion retailers by addressing the problem of the UK’s floundering ‘zombie-like’ high streets? A CVA (company voluntary arrangement) is an insolvency procedure where a...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Some things never change as Supertramp once claimed. But the super resonance of these words is often seen when a distributor is appointed by a supplier but without a formal distributorship agreement being in place. For some time, things may go well. The...

Under threat of insolvency? Who ya gonna call?

Paul Taylor
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Bench, Joe Bloggs, and East have all entered into administration in 2018. New Look and Select have both entered into Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs). House of Fraser is next up. This article highlights the duties of directors if insolvency...

PS... that's my trade mark!

Polly Jackson
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Primark – “Amazing fashion, Amazing prices” – now faces an amazing, hair-raising legal battle against Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Ltd (Phil Smith), a rival in the budget haircare market. Primark recently launched its latest hair products...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Reasonable notice and the length of a piece of string Legend has it that in years gone past, some lawyers (perhaps seeking to emulate Theseus) would deliberately carry around one or more pieces of string. The reason: to be able to use whichever piece of...

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