The provenance of authentic Scottish produce has value in the global market. Scotch whisky, for example, is the world's top internationally traded spirit with exports worth almost £4bn annually. The case has yet to be determined but it raises the question of how we protect Scotland's domestic produce and what happens if someone tries to replicate a protected product elsewhere?
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One of the most high profile stories in the food and drink press in the past few weeks has been the steps taken by Marks & Spencer against Aldi over claims that Aldi's "Cuthbert the Caterpillar" cake is infringing Marks & Spencer's intellectual property rights in its "Colin the Caterpillar" cake.
Even those outside the legal profession have been intrigued by the recent twitter spat between supermarket giants Marks and Spencer (M&S) and Aldi concerning their products Colin the Caterpillar and Cuthbert the Caterpillar.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey is likely to be the first piece of news to mount a sustained challenge to COVID-19 as the topic "on everyone's lips". The "no holds barred" interview, where "no topic was off limits", has divided the British population. In this interview, Ms Markle sought to set the record straight on a number of private and personal topics that had been the subject of intense press coverage while she and Harry remain part of the Royal Family.
The European landscape for the protection of brand rights changed significantly on the UK's exit from the EU. Brand rights holders are recommended to be cognisant of the changes, and ensure that their European brand protection strategies remain fit for purpose.