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UK ukulele confusion - national passing off rights save the day where CTM fails
  • D Young & Co
  • United Kingdom
  • November 3 2015

A recent UK court decision demonstrates the potential vulnerability of Community Trade Marks (CTMs) having a low degree of distinctive character, the

Dismaland, Disney and trade mark parody
  • Walker Morris LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • October 30 2015

In August, the Dismaland "bemusement" park opened its doors in Weston-super-Mare. The brainchild of the street artist Banksy, the venture, which had

IP and the beauty industry: cosmetic concerns?
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Global, United Kingdom
  • October 21 2015

The world of beauty has well and truly come of age. No longer are women (and increasingly, men), limited to the application of crushed carmine

The NOW TV case: mere reputation of international brand is not enough to protect unregistered trade mark in the UK
  • Fladgate LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 16 2015

The world has “internationalised” at an astonishing rate in the last 20 to 30 years. People are better travelled and are familiar with overseas

EMEA legal insights bulletin
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Azerbaijan, Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
  • September 15 2015

It is forecast that seven of the top 10 countries in terms of GDP growth within the next decade will be from Africa. But this growth is wholly

Protecting your Intellectual Property in the UK
  • Cooley LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 9 2015

The digital revolution has dramatically changed how we interact with technology. Consumers are now also co-creators and technology is becoming

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