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Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised the UK licensee, Dreamtex Ltd, on a 50/50 joint venture agreement with Danish company SkyBrands A/S announced today. The companies will work together to produce branded bedlinen and accessories for the UK market.

Based in Chorley, Lancashire, Dreamtex Ltd is a UK company specialising in the manufacture and distribution of licensed bedding and accessories.  Launched in September 2012 it has a select portfolio of brands, including Skylanders, WWE, The Trash Pack and Adventure Time.

The losing party’s payable costs to the successful party for cases heard in the Patents County Court via the small claims track have been capped at £50,000, making potential costs more certain and encouraging fairer litigation for smaller entities in particular. This article looks at the impact of the changes and recent case law.
In recent years there has been a significant increase in litigation between smartphone manufacturers, with a number of claims and counter-claims for patent and design right infringement being lodged in multiple jurisdictions as well as a significant number of patent transactions (licenses and assignments) between the same parties. To give an idea of the size of the battlefield, there are at least 25 different companies involved with over 25,000 patents between them.
A brand “is a thing very easy to describe, very difficult to define. It is the benefit and advantage of the good name, reputation and connection of a business. It is the attractive force which brings in custom. It is the one thing which distinguishes an old-established business from a new business at its first start.” (Lord Macnaghten – IRC v Muller & Co Margarine Limited [1901] AC 217 a stamp duty case).

Peter Jones and Colin Bell, from the Commercial and Intellectual Property team, will be representing Brabners Chaffe Street in Washington DC next week (5-9 May) at the Annual Meeting of the International Trade Marks Association (INTA), which will see more than 9,000 intellectual property professionals from across the world converge on Washington DC.

The complete list of new Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) applications has been revealed by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), and encompasses 1,930 applications for 1,700 different TLDs, of which 884 applications are from the U.S. and 40 are from the UK – the full list is at http://newTLDs.icann.org/en/programstatus/application-results/strings-12...
 
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Advocate General has delivered his opinion in the combined cases of Philips and Nokia. Philips was referred to CJEU from the Belgian courts while the Nokia case was referred from the UK.
 

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