Liability Win For Our Client on Use of Competitor’s Trademark on Google Ads

Peter Adediran’s specialist niche area of practice is intellectual property law – both contentious and non-contentious – as it relates to digital works including trademarks; copyright; patents and database rights PAIL® Solicitors. Read more on PAIL’s ® Resource Library

PAIL® recently obtained judgment on liability plus costs for our client in the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. For more information about the court see the IPEC Court Guide.

The case concerned trademark use in Google Ads. Although Google have an ad policy requiring that Google Ads don’t infringe on third-party trademarks businesses still actively infringe other business brands in their Google Ad campaigns trading on the reputation of other business brands and/or diluting the brand of other businesses through overuse.

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How to defend digital copyright claims (what claimants and defendants can learn)?

How to defend digital copyright claims (what claimants and defendants can learn)?

The author is a UK qualified and fully licensed current practicing solicitor specialising in intellectual property cases and digital technology. His book A Business Guide to Business Law and the Internet published in 2002 has a whole chapter dedicated to Internet related copyright

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Running Intellectual Property Litigation In England

This article sets out an overview of running an intellectual property dispute in England, it considers the initial matters that should be dealt with and forming a clear strategy from the outset as how to run the litigation.

Risks/Benefits analysis of litigating?
1. The first thing to consider is whether the proposed defendant has the financial means to pay legal costs and/or damages if your proposed litigation is successful.

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The value of trademarks

The value of trademarks like all legal matters is only illustrated when the worst happens. Until then it is difficult for an inexperienced entrepreneur to really appreciate their value. Mr Payan Tabibian is an entrepreneur, originally Iranian but with US nationality, who had an idea for a business, much like millions of other entrepreneurs around the world every day.

Mr Tabibian had an idea for a hamburger restaurant, and one of his initial tasks was to come up with a distinctive name and logo. Like millions of entrepreneurs just starting off their businesses, Mr Tabibian could not have imagined that 10 years after he thought of the Z-burger trademark, his brand name and logo would become embroiled in a legal battle worth millions.

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Copyright in Logos

Copyright in logos was considered recently by the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Once again IPEC has contributed another very helpful decision to English law for businesses related to the Internet by way of another judgment from His Honour Judge Richard Hacon.

The case is Atelier Eighty Two Limited and Klinworx Climbing Centre CIC and 2 other defendants [2015] EWHC 2291 (IPEC).

The dispute was about ownership of copyright in logos but it affects all creative design and development work including website design and development.

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