Month: February 1999

Vacuum wars set to end in damp squib

A tit-for-tat legal battle between Electrolux and Dyson, described as “the settling of old scores”, has ended in a 49 page High Court judgment criticising both companies.  Apart from adding to the growing case law on the use of competitors’ trade marks in advertising, this case is an object lesson in the dangers of getting …   Read more

Coast clear for unofficial Diana memorabilia

The UK Patent Office has rejected an application by the Memorial Fund to trademark the face of Princess Diana.  This means that anyone is free to use her image. The application, filed in October 1997, consisted of 26 photographs of the princess by photographer Tim Graham.  The application covered a wide range of goods, from …   Read more