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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

Rihanna hasn’t lost her appeal
  • ENSafrica
  • South Africa, United Kingdom
  • February 6 2015

Rihanna's case against Topshop, Robyn Rihanna Fenty v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, continues to make the news. This was, of course, the case where