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Exhaustion, economic links and “unitary control” – the AG’s opinion in the Schweppes trade mark reference

Trade mark rights may still be exhausted even if goods are imported bearing identical trade marks (having been applied in another EU Member State (MS) by a separate entity) where, given the economic links between the trade mark holder and the … Continue reading

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Commission paper on IPR post-Brexit highlights the importance of resolving key issues prior to withdrawal

The European Commission has published a “Position paper transmitted to EU27 on Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” (7 September 2017) which proposes that the (Brexit) Withdrawal Agreement should ensure that: The protection enjoyed in the United Kingdom on the basis … Continue reading

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Aldi encounters hiccup in the “Champagner Sorbet” CJEU reference

The use of the name “Champagner Sorbet” by the German supermarket chain Aldi for a sorbet dessert containing actual Champagne (12% by volume) was challenged by the Comite Interprofessionel du Vin de Champagne (trade association for Champagne houses) as unapproved (infringing) … Continue reading

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Luxury brands may be able to limit to the types of on-line sales platforms used by their distributors if AG’s Opinion is followed by CJEU

Brand reputation is intimately connected with the manner and context in which products are purchased, so the Opinion of the Advocate General of the CJEU in the Coty (C‑230/16) reference (issued on 26 July 2017) will be welcomed by luxury … Continue reading

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BitTorrents join unlawful streaming and unlawful downloads as infringements of copyright

Following on from its recent decision in Filmspeler, the CJEU has handed down its judgment in Stichting Brein v Ziggo, C-610/15 (The Pirate Bay), concluding that operators of the online sharing platforms are making a 'communication to the public' within … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal foils Kit Kat on acquired distinctiveness

In the latest instalment of a ten year battle to register the shape of the Kit Kat bar as a UK trade mark, the Court of Appeal has dismissed Nestlé's appeal in Société des Produits Nestlé v Cadbury UK Ltd … Continue reading

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More flexibility to threaten IP proceedings in the UK under new Unjustified Threats legislation

Threatening proceedings for intellectual property right infringement can sometimes backfire. In relation to patents, trade marks and designs, there is a right to bring an action against the threatener by any person aggrieved by the threat, who may not necessarily … Continue reading

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The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent – Introduction

Consistent progress has been made towards the establishment of a unitary patent right (UP) across most countries in the EU. 26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish this new … Continue reading

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3D Printing and IP – Herbert Smith Freehills publishes Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law IP&IT

Our Practice Note on 3D printing published by Practical Law here: https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/Document/I3466c5d71a1711e798dc8b09b4f043e0/View/FullText.html?transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=(sc.Search)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1 provides an overview of the 3D printing industry and highlights the challenges for intellectual property (IP) rights-holders when seeking to enforce their rights if they are infringed by 3D … Continue reading

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UPC Prep Committee signals readiness at final meeting

The UPC Preparatory Committee held its final meeting on 15 March at which it agreed a collection of legal, HR and financial documents and confirmed that the Provisional Application Phase could commence once the final Signatory States had acceded to … Continue reading

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