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Hollywood Studio Infringed ‘Glee Club’ Trade Mark

In a case which reveals that relative corporate minnows can succeed in upholding their intellectual property rights against much larger companies, the High Court has ruled that the giant Hollywood studio behind the hit television show Glee infringed the trade mark of a long-established chain of stand-up comedy clubs.

Comic Enterprises Limited (CEL) registered its UK trade mark, The Glee Club, in 2001, long before Glee - the enormously popular.

In a case which reveals that relative corporate minnows can succeed in upholding their intellectual property rights against much larger companies, the High Court has ruled that the giant Hollywood studio behind the hit television show Glee infringed the trade mark of a long-established chain of stand-up comedy clubs.
 

Comic Enterprises Limited (CEL) registered its UK trade mark, ‘The Glee Club’, in 2001, long before Glee - the enormously popular story of an American high school choir - appeared on screens in the UK. CEL runs four comedy clubs around the country and accused Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Fox) of swamping its rights in a way that caused confusion and put off potential customers.

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Supreme Court Defines Aggravated Trespass

shops Shops and other commercial premises targeted by campaign groups will be afforded greater protection in future after the Supreme Court upheld the aggravated trespass convictions of two men who invaded a cosmetics store that they believed took ts supplies from Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.The shop specialised in selling products based on minerals from the Dead Sea. In the belief that those supplies were manufactured by an Israeli company operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the two men arrived at the shop and proceeded to padlock themselves together inside a concrete tube. Police were called and tools were used to free the men, who claimed not to have the padlock key.

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Employment Tribunal’s ‘Intemperate’ Language Criticised

NHS A psychiatrist who was in line for a substantial compensation payout after her NHS bosses were dealt harsh criticism by an Employment Tribunal (ET) will have to fight her case all over again due to the ET’s lack of adequate reasoning in its strongly worded decision.


In upholding the psychiatrist’s claims of disability discrimination and victimisation against the NHS Trust for which she worked, the ET had described the employer’s witnesses variously as ‘authoritarian and domineering’, ‘unpleasantly insensitive’, ‘uncompromising and oppressive’ and ‘inconsiderate and high-handed in the extreme’.

Challenging the decision before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), the Trust’s legal team argued, amongst other things, that the language used by the ET revealed that it had failed entirely to engage with the employer’s case and had abandoned altogether its duty to be objective.

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