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Intellectual Property & Anti-Counterfeiting

Messi Wins: EU Court Rules No Potential Conflict Between “MESSI” and “MASSI” Trademarks

In a decision issued yesterday morning, the General Court of the CJEU (EGC) approved the registration of a logo consisting of a shield motif with the letter "M" blazoned across the front, sitting on top of the letters "M-E-S-S-I".The application for the logo was filed by one Lionel Andrés Messi in August 2011. Messi's trademark was shortly thereafter opposed by Mr. Jaime Masferrer Coma, the previous owner of the trademark "MASSI" (the mark has since been assigned to the company J.M.-E.V. E HIJOS, S.R.L.). For six and a half years Mr. Messi had been engaged in a legal battle with…
Jonathan Tonna
27th April 2018
Intellectual Property & Anti-Counterfeiting

Messi Wins: EU Court Rules No Potential Conflict Between “MESSI” and “MASSI” Trademarks

In a decision issued yesterday morning, the General Court of the CJEU (EGC) approved the registration of a logo consisting of a shield motif with the letter "M" blazoned across the front, sitting on top of the letters "M-E-S-S-I".The application for the logo was filed by one Lionel Andrés Messi in August 2011. Messi's trademark was shortly thereafter opposed by Mr. Jaime Masferrer Coma, the previous owner of the trademark "MASSI" (the mark has since been assigned to the company J.M.-E.V. E HIJOS, S.R.L.). For six and a half years Mr. Messi had been engaged in a legal battle with…
Jonathan Tonna
27th April 2018
Intellectual Property & Anti-Counterfeiting

What Can You Legally “Watch Free Online” and When?

Putlocker. BitTorrent. PirateBay. Napster. Mediafire.Ring any bells?We'll bet they do.Generally, most people have a pretty acute gut sense about when something is a little too good to be legal. It's just that, generally, most people ignore it – nip the burgeoning weed of guilt in the bud – and get on with their lives as though nothing is wrong.So, is your gut on to something?You may or may not be "most people", but you may yet be surprised to discover precisely what the law of copyright has to say about what you do online. For instance, you would probably think nothing of…
Jonathan Tonna
13th February 2018