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Cautionary tales for crafters...
Blake Morgan e-Magazine | Winter 2021 | Issue 5
The Covid-19 pandemic saw a sharp rise in people using marketplace websites, such as Etsy and Amazon Handmade, to sell artisan and handmade products. Popular items on these platforms include those with a comic book theme. But crafters must seek the consent of the rights holders if they wish to use their characters.
Chocolate caterpillar cakes hit the headlines earlier this year. Colin the Caterpillar, a British institution, was at the centre of a trade mark dispute between Marks and Spencer (M&S) and discount retailer Aldi.
In this issue
Why protecting your intellectual property could be your hidden superpower. For many businesses, their intellectual property is one of their most valuable assets. How well it is protected is a key consideration in any acquisition.
The powers that bind even superheroes
Don't stop the music
We consider the role of the Performing Right Society (PRS), and explore why businesses could find themselves facing action if they do not take care to ensure they have the correct licences to play music in the workplace.
Protecting your own brand name
Within 24 hours of Emma Raducanu's extraordinary victory at the US Open, a third party not associated with Ms Raducanu had filed an application to obtain a UK trade mark registration of her name. We look at the importance of acting quickly to protect an up and coming brand name.
Keeping ahead of the innovation curve is crucial for businesses seeking to grow. Ideally a business will have an R&D function which is able to generate new ideas leading to growth. Can licensing be the boost your business needs?