Missed any of the big trade mark developments from 2017? Key developments include the Supreme Court finding that there is potential criminal liability for dealing in parallel imports under section 92(1) the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Court of Appeal making it ever more difficult for brand owners to obtain shape mark protection in light of its judgments on acquired distinctiveness. We also review the impact of two particularly important areas of new legislation: the EUTM reforms and a new unjustified threats regime which both came into force on 1 October 2017.

Read our Trade mark update for the start of 2018, on the key trade mark cases and legislation from 2017 here.

Authors

Joel Smith
Joel Smith
Head of IP - UK
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Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke
Senior Associate, London
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