Recently there has been a flurry of reports recording Jaguar Range Rover’s anger at Chinese car maker Landwind. Landwind had launched its X7 model at the Guangzhou motor show. The X7, priced at £14,000, is remarkably similar in design to Land Rover’s £40,000 Evoque.
This morning, Waterfront partner Matthew Harris was interviewed about this story on the BBC World Service. The recording of that interview is here.
Matthew and his team of intellectual property solicitors have acted both for non-Chinese clients with counterfeiting problems in China, as well as for Chinese companies involved in intellectual property disputes in the English Courts. He also appeared before the European Court of Justice on behalf of the International Trade Mark Association in the landmark Nokia v HMRC case involving counterfeit goods in transit through the EU.
Superman is Clark Kent. Batman is Bruce Wayne. And Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, is…Dr Craig Wright (or so he claims).
As AI technology develops, we are now firmly in the age of non-humans authoring literary content which might be worthy of protection under intellectual property laws.
One of the hottest trade mark issues around at the moment is the question of how effectively can trade mark rights protect brand owners’ interests in non-fungible tokens (otherwise known as “NFTs”).