Diego Maradona has prevailed in his court action against Dolce & Gabbana, following the high-end fashion house’s use of the football legend’s name on t-shirts modelled at a show in Milan last year, which were based on the iconic Napoli kit worn by Maradona in the 1980s.  Despite the fact that the t-shirts were never […]


Dan Harrington, Level, and Eric Solomon, Harvard Law School Context and Background:  This case concerned a US competition law complaint filed against FINA by a class of plaintiffs, including world renowned swimmers and the promoter of a privately-run event, the International Swimming League, Ltd (ISL) in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.  FINA is the […]


On 12 December 2019, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) launched a public consultation on intellectual property and AI.  The full consultation document can be downloaded here.  Interested parties are invited to submit their comments to ai2ip@wipo.int by February 14, 2020. Among the many questions upon which WIPO is inviting responses, some of the most interesting relate to […]


Practitioners, companies and investors in cryptoassets and smart contracts will welcome the findings of a leading group of jurists from the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Law Society’s Lawtech Delivery Panel.  Following a recent consultation, they have delivered a statement on the legal status of cryptoassets (including cryto-currencies) and smart contracts. The taskforce considered the […]


Key Finding:  Rights owners, broadcasters and operators of digital content services will need to consider adjusting their standard acquisition and/or licensing agreements following Brexit. Background:  The EU Portability Regulation is a fairly recent addition to copyright law in the EU, and allows consumers across the EEA to access online content services to which they subscribe (such as Sky Go […]


New Balance v Liverpool Football Club

Tim Lowles - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

On Friday, the High Court handed down its judgment in the case of New Balance Athletics, Inc v Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited [2019] EWHC 2837 (Comm) (judgment attached) a case that concerned the matching right clause in New Balance’s (“NB”) existing kit sponsorship agreement with LFC. Facts NB are the current kit suppliers of LFC. […]