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Shareholders of embattled bakery chain Patisserie Valerie are being encouraged to join a group action claim by London law firm Teacher Stern.

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At a recent trial at California’s Federal court, internet sensation, inspiration for hundred’s of memes and merchandise success story Grumpy Cat has successfully sued a US coffee company over a breach in the agreed terms of image rights and usage.

Grumpy Cat – most famous for her permanently unhappy but comically doleful expression – was awarded $710,000 (equivalent to £500,000) in compensation, along with a nominal $1 for breach of contract against US coffee company Grenade.

Fizzy drink giant Coca-Cola has recently been allowed to proceed with its EU trade mark application by the EU Intellectual Property Office (the EUIPO). This is the latest stage in a series of legal challenges against Mitico, a Syrian company that also produces soft drinks, mainly for the domestic and Middle-Eastern markets.

The highest UK court – namely the UK Supreme Court – has reaffirmed the territorial nature of 'goodwill' in relation to 'passing off ' actions.

A Passing off action is a common law method of intellectual property enforcement that can be used to prevent the unauthorised use of a mark, which is similar to another's registered or unregistered trademark.

Starbucks and PCCW, who provide internet TV services in Hong Kong under the name NOW TV, were unhappy when SKY announced a plan to launch their own internet TV service of the same name.

The UK Government has this week, laid before Parliament, proposals, which if approved, will ensure insolvent businesses continue to be supplied services deemed to be "essential" – such as IT, telecoms and other utilities services, while insolvency practitioners seeks a solution.

The suppliers of such 'essential' services will not be able to simply cut off supply, nor charge premium rates to, any businesses undergoing rescue.

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