Striking a balance on parallel imports

In an article published in the latest edition of CITMA Review, Joel Smith and Emily Bottle comment on the Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Flynn Pharma Ltd v DrugsRus Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 226.

This case examined how a balance can be struck between a trade mark owner’s ability to enforce its rights and the fundamental principle of free movement of goods, applying the law in detail to an unusual pharmaceutical fact pattern. Lord Justice Floyd’s detailed analysis of the scope of Article 36 TFEU is a very useful summary of the case law in this area. He confirms that trade mark owners can enforce their marks against imported goods that they did not place on the market and over which they have no control, even where the imported goods are identical goods produced by the same manufacturer.

For the full article, see here.


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