Irish Burger Chain wins a major victory against McDonald’s in “Big Mac” European Trade Mark revocation case

Supermac’s, an Irish burger chain which in 2017 filed an application to revoke McDonald’s’ European Trade Mark for “Big Mac”, has scored a major legal victory that potentially could lead to the revocation of the ‘Big Mac’ and ‘Mc’ trademarks by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

The decision was based on findings that the global fast food chain had failed to prove that Big Mac had been “put to genuine use in the union for the goods or services for which it is registered” during the five years prior to the revocation request being lodged. It is potentially a big reversal for McDonald’s, which in the past has argued that Supermac’s sounds confusingly similar to Big Mac and the company’s other famous brands.

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Copyright Infringement

What is copyright?

Copyright is a property right given to the creator of original work. The range of original work in which copyright subsists is quite substantial. These rights are awarded automatically and how long they last is dependent on the type of work protected. In the UK literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works have copyright lasting 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author of the work dies. Copyright can also extend to other countries through an international agreement such as the Berne Convention.

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Happy Birthday, Sliced Bread!

This month marks the 90th anniversary of the very first sliced bread patents.

By the late 1920’s the majority of bread baking was done in factories. The result was an incredibly soft bread loaf, which in turn, was incredibly difficult to slice at home with a traditional bread knife, yet factory slicing would result in the bread being stale before it was even sold.

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Osram, Nichia to enter into a new cross-licensing Patent agreement

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Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH, a subsidiary of Osram GmbH, has announced that it will enter into a new cross-licensing agreement with Japan’s Nichia Corp  (www.nichia.co.jp).

Announcing the collaboration at Light+Building 2018 show in Frankfurt, Germany, Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH and Hiroyoshi Ogawa, president of Nichia Corp, agreed that a lot had happened in the industry since 2010, when the companies last signed a licensing agreement.

According to Kamper, Nichia and Osram have collectively spent more than €2.5bn in research and development since 2011 “to further advance LED and laser technology…”. 

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MPs Launch inquiry into Carillion’s collapse

Carillion, Britain’s second biggest construction company has gone into Compulsory Liquidation, with the official Receiver appointed Liquidator. Today Parliament’s Pensions and Business Committees announced the launch of a joint inquiry into the company’s demise.
Thousands of smaller firms relied on Carillion’s employment, and the company was involved in several major projects such as the HS2 high-speed rail line, as well as concessions managing various schools and prisons. Besides being the second biggest supplier of maintenance services to Network Rail, it also maintained 50,000 homes for the Ministry of Defence.
The Kier Group, a competitor to Carillion who were also in a joint venture partnership with the troubled company has now taken over Carillion’s work on HS2 and smart motorways traffic management projects. Kier confirmed it is now in a 50/50 joint venture with Eiffage (a French construction company), and that around 200 Carillion employees, including apprentices, have been offered jobs, to ensure work continues smoothly with no disruption to HS2.
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