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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Our Recent CVA Experience – IP Factors and IP Valuation Insights

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We have seen a shift over the last twelve months in the type of IP valuations being sought to support Creditor Voluntary Arrangements (‘CVAs’), principally in retail, casual dining, and leisure sectors.  In particular, reporting the forced liquidation value or ex-situ value of IP assets is not being seen as a credible alternative for many larger restructuring scenarios.  Instead, stakeholders ...

Introducing: The New Metis Partners Brand

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In case you missed it, we were delighted to reveal the new, fresh face of Metis Partners. We are the same Metis Partners that has been providing unique IP valuation services for almost 20 years, but with a new brand identity and new website.   We departed from our black and white logo, as IP is no longer black and ...

5 Activities That Could Turn A Trademark Into A Valuable Brand

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5 Activities That Could Turn A Trademark Into A Valuable Brand When is a brand not a brand? When it’s just a trademark! We are often asked to value or sell a “brand” but when we perform our usual IP diligence we discover that only a trademark exists, sometimes registered but not always, and as a result the value is lower than ...