The wedding of the year is finally here, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be getting married in St George Chapel at Windsor on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
The cost of the big event has been estimated at as much as £32m by wedding planning service Bridebook.
Alexander Goransson, a consultant at the Euromonitor group was quoted as having said: “The expected media coverage will play an important part in the “brand building” of the UK as a visitor destination. Megan & Harry’s wedding will continue to keep the UK in focus.
Royal weddings are lovely events, festooned with glitz and glamour, while amazing amounts of Intellectual Property (IP) fly around in a wedding ceremony.
It’s actually true, royal weddings contain a great deal of Intellectual Property.
Intellectual Property in Weddings;
The basic types of Intellectual property prevalent in weddings include but are not limited to; Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Trade Secrets.
Here is a brief overview of the Intellectual Property that flies around in a wedding.
The Royal wedding program, the guest list which has been kept private, pictures, video recording are protected by copyright.
It has been reported that Floral designer Philippa Craddock will provide flowers including white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies. Floral design patterns can be protected by copyright.
It was also announced that the royal couple will have a lemon elderflower cake made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based Violet Bakery, cake recipes can be protected by copyright too.
Royal invitations, programs, place cards are covered by copyright.
The menu for the royal ball and the recipes involved in the making of the dishes, drinks are probably protected by trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements and copyright.
The Royal Wedding procession and all the wonderful dance steps as recorded in the video also fall under copyright.
TV Coverage of the Royal Wedding
Reports have it that planes have been banned from flying over Windsor Castle on the day of the royal wedding.
However, the royal wedding on May 19 will be shown on television, BBC One, ITV
The sound system used is protected by numerous patents, trademark and industrial designs.
The general decor i.e. lighting, linens, extra floral arrangements and
arrangement of the hall is covered by trade dress/IP protection in some other jurisdictions.
Pictures of the carriage procession, which will travel along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and back to Windsor Castle, will be protected by copyright.
The Royal wedding band is protected by patents and a trade mark.
The clothes of the couple and that of the wedding guests i.e. gown, tux or dress, suit, are also protected by copyright, trademarks and industrial designs
The accessories (veil, jewellery, watch and cufflinks, etc.) are protected by patents, industrial designs and trademarks etc.
“What went down after the royal reception” *winks* would probably fall under non-disclosure, non-solicitation and trade secret protection.
We won’t ask and they won’t tell.
Well eventually when a prince or princess emerges after nine months, that will be another Crown of IP on its own…
Here is wishing Prince Harry and Meghan Happy Married Life!
Olufola Wusu is a Commercial/Oil and Gas and I.P. Lawyer with Megathos Law Practice based in Lagos.
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