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UK Supreme Court reaffirms its "hardline" approach to the law of passing off
  • Rouse
  • Hong Kong, United Kingdom
  • July 21 2015

It all started in 2012, when Starbucks (the broadcasters not baristas!) was not best pleased to learn of Sky's intention to launch its new "NOW TV"

UK goodwill still reigns "supreme"
  • RPC
  • United Kingdom
  • June 22 2015

The question to the Supreme Court was whether a claimant in a passing off action needs to have actual customers in the UK or whether it is sufficient

Reputation is not enough...
  • Dehns
  • United Kingdom
  • May 29 2015

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled (2015 UKSC 31) that a UK passing-off action cannot succeed on the basis of a reputation alone. Goodwill

Passing off in the UK, Australia and New Zealand: a divergence in criteria
  • Baldwins
  • Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • May 29 2015

On 13 May 2015, the UK Supreme Court affirmed the traditional requirements for the tort of passing off. The Court maintained that a claimant must

Domain names and sports teams
  • Eversheds LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 27 2015

In the early stages of the internet domain names were used as a way to locate specific computers on the internet often referred to as 'signposting'

BrandWrites - May 2015
  • Bird & Bird
  • Australia, Belgium, China, European Union, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, United Kingdom
  • May 7 2015

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has found that the sale by the well-known retailer Topshop of a t-shirt bearing an image of the famous pop

Scrambling for the win: Mattel and Zynga in the UK Court of Appeal
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • United Kingdom
  • April 16 2015

Toy manufacturing giant Mattel has won out in the final round of its recent dispute with social game services provider Zynga (of Farmville and Words

SCRABBLE v SCRAMBLE: Mattel and Zynga on appeal
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • United Kingdom
  • April 1 2015

Overturning the decision of the High Court, the Court of Appeal has decided that Mattel's SCRAMBLE mark is valid and infringed by Zynga's use of

United Kingdom: the perils and powers of passing off
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • February 27 2015

Passing off can be a useful supplement to registered trademark protection, although the evidential requirements can increase uncertainty and costs In

Rihanna t-shirt ban upheld: Robyn Rihanna Fenty and others v Arcadia Group Brands Limited and others
  • Swan Turton LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • February 18 2015

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ban on Topshop selling a sleeveless t-shirt bearing the image of the singer Rihanna that had been produced without