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.
A recent EU trade mark application for the word mark, PUT PUTIN IN, has been refused by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on the grounds of being contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality. While a fairly straightforward decision, this is a timely reminder…
Late yesterday UK time, it was reported that a lawyer for Twitter had sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about Meta’s new Threads app. Twitter claimed that it “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, wilful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.
Copyright litigation proceedings brought in London’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against John Lewis, and its cartoon dragon ‘Excitable Edgar’, have been dismissed.