|Cat of the Match|
Although a catchphrase is capable of trademark and copyright protection, this Kat suspects that enforcing such rights is no mean feat. Apart from the difficulty in justifying that a phrase is worthy of such protection, the collection of royalties for use would surely be a random process of first seen/heard first the defendant in infringement proceedings. Further, some words seem to mean a lot to some members of the public who do not want to see certain phrases become property. For example, the Keep Calm Campaign is seeking signatures in an attempt to challenge the OHIM's registration of the word mark 'KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON', a Second World War slogan used by the British to motivate its citizens, granted in 2011 (the use of shouty capital letters goes a long way to demonstrating how the meaning of a phrase changes over time).
|The life of an IPKat is always |
The case should be an interesting one. Can the IPKat readers mews as to the chances of a finding of invalidity?
The IPKat, keeping calm and carrying on, since the dispute began here.