Tattooing leads to a Hangover…What?

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Tattooing leads to a Hangover…What? Tattoo arts have become the centre of complex copyright scenarios and as body art grows in popularity, the number of copyright disputes over tattoos is also rising. Copyright is an intellectual property (IP) right which underpins many different types of IP assets, all united in giving the author of the work certain rights to protect ...

Session II: IP Strategy Tactics

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Join us for Part II of an Exclusive Q&A IP Strategy Tactics Sessions. Our experts will focus on the actions and activities needed to translate the IP strategy into a workable plan which will increase the valuation of the business and measurably strengthen the competitive moat around the business. Presenters: Stephen Robertson, Founder, Metis Partners & IP100Neil Foster, Corporate Partner, ...

Was Sheeran “shaping” up for IP litigation?

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Was Sheeran “shaping” up for IP litigation? Having categorically denied plagiarising aspects of other artists work for years, Ed Sheeran has recently been acquitted of plagiarising the chorus of Sami Chokri’s song “Oh Why” in his song “Shape of you.” Chokri explained that he first become aware of the potential similarities after hearing Sheeran’s “Shape of You” on the radio back ...

NFTs and the world of Intellectual Property Rights

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As NFTs merely represent a unique copy of the asset there is also the inevitable threat of the misuse of intellectual property rights. Nike, Hermès and the English Premier League (‘EPL’) have something in common – they have all recently been involved in legal battles related to non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. If you’re not yet familiar with NFTs, they are ...

Football sponsorship deals – brands, betting and booze – what a conundrum

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Football sponsorship deals – brands, betting and booze – what a conundrum. Continuing our theme on finance, football, brands and sponsorship, a topic we’ve been discussing at Metis, is a change on its way, likely to ban gambling companies from sponsoring the football kit of teams playing in the most-watched league in the world, the English Premiership. The UK Government ...

STAR PLAYERS & BRAND VALUE

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The 2021 summer transfer window was eventful, to say the least – Lionel Messi departed his beloved boyhood club Barcelona following a period of financial turmoil at the club, joining Paris Saint Germain for a jaw-dropping £20m signing-on fee and a further £400k per week in wages. If that signing wasn’t enough to make your mouth water (or eyes if ...

How to Build a High-Value (M&A) Exit from Day One

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Whether you exit via M&A, SPAC or IPO, your investors (and you) will be keen to get the best possible valuation. Sometimes a small ding during due diligence can actually erase value. While on the other hand, good corporate habits like cultivating an IP portfolio or earning consistent brand visibility — or implementing your own programmatic M&A deals — can increase ...

IP Strategy – Pruning and Rebalancing Your IP Portfolio

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Look Inwards It may sound counterintuitive but the most efficient way to build an effective IP portfolio is to first look inwards – look at your brands, trade secrets, patents, software, data & analytics, etc. Create an inventory of these existing key IP assets and focus on the IP that is critical to your business. If it is not immediately ...

IP Disruptors Episode 6: SPACs: Key Risks and Valuation Challenges in Going Public

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IP Disruptors 2021: a series developed in partnership with IP 100 and Patsnap, a global leader in connected innovation intelligence with 50,000 members. SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies) are regularly touted as the next frontier in going public, but what are the key risks and valuation challenges associated with this approach? Join us to hear more about these key matters in SPAC mergers and transactions. Hear from ...