Van the Man named and shamed by UK IPO

September 2011


There is an interesting entry on the UK’s Intellectual Property Office’s list of those ‘named and shamed’ for failing to pay the costs of failed Trade Mark oppositions – and it is this and concerns the mark ‘Lioness Films’ and Van Morrison

Opp 100284 £400 2 November 2010 George Ivan Morrison trading as Van Morrison 26 July 2011

Van has had a mixed bag of results in court over the last few years: Most recently there have been some ups and downs in litigation recently concerning his own, long term partner Michelle Rocca’s and his family’s privacy and also a high profile story concerning an alleged illegitimate child born outside of his relationship with Rocca, as well as repeated disputes with neighbours: a now settled sex discrimination case was brought against him by singer Linda Gail Lewis, sister of Jerrry Lee Lewis, although Van won a libel action against the Sunday Independent over the same story: and pub landlord Gary Marlow won £20,000 damages and the return of the £20,000  fee after Van Morrison cancelled a 2002 pub concert after the singer claimed that the publican had breached the terms of a ‘secrecy’ provision. Mr Justice Cresswell disagreed. and see Music Law Updates February 2010 and December 2003.

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