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McDonald’s cements sole EU rights to ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac’

A European court has found in favour of McDonald’s to exert sole usage of the ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac’ prefixes for food and drink brands throughout the continent following a high profile tussle with MacCoffee.

Upholding a 2013 ruling that the MacCoffee trademark was invalid the court decreed that the Singaporean company had benefited unduly from McDonald’s branding and therefore must change its name.

It also makes it far harder for any other firms to use the contentious prefixes for any future branding of consumables.

In its judgement the court stated that usage of the ‘Mac’ prefix had led consumers to “associate that trademark with the McDonald's ‘Mc’ family of trademarks and mentally establish a link between the trademarks at issue."

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Edward Snowden says it's a 'dark day' in Russia

Whistleblower and press freedom activist Edward Snowden has condemned a new law signed on Thursday by Vladimir Putin, saying it's a “dark day for Russia”.

The new anti-terror legislation forces telephone carriers and internet providers to store the private communications of their customers – and turn them over to the government on request.

“Putin has signed a repressive new law that violates not only human rights, but common sense. Dark day for Russia,” he wrote on Twitter.

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China toughens laws on eating endangered animals

The revised law concerns the purchase, production and selling of state-protected wild animals and their derived products.

China has tightened its laws on the purchase, production and selling of endangered animals in the country in a bid to crack down on the illegal trade.

The Chinese government passed a law two years ago that ruled any consumption of rare wild animals would result in a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

But as of 1 January 2017, people who produce, sell or purchase state-protected wild animals and their derived products for food could face criminal penalties.

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