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  • A Kick Off the Old Block
    Fantasy Football teams have been picked and this season’s strips bought, but where’s that illegal stream?   The Football Association recently obtained a season-long High Court injunction (her...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – UK Supreme Court confirms there are no grey areas when it comes to grey goods
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs discusses the Supreme Court's decision confirming that the sale of grey goods can be subject to criminal sanctions. The full article can be found
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    The demand letter that went viral
    If you’re a small business who feels intimidated by a demand letter from a bigger brand owner with deeper pockets, then the most obvious recourse does not lie in the law. In today’s New Media Age, you may decide to post the letter on social media and see if you can create enough of a PR disas...
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    Amazon’s Alexa runs rings around the USPTO
    If, like me, you love your tech, you will be all too familiar with Amazon’s Echo by now. The Echo devices have taken the market by storm and are among the most popular of home automation devices, making use of Amazon’s intuitive Alexa assistant. Naturally, Amazon has sought to protect its ...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: UK law by UK judges?
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the fallout from the UK general election, and its implications for Brexit.   The full article can be found
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    Thailand Joins the International Trade Mark System
    Following on from our previous post, Stobbs is pleased to note that Thailand has recently deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Pro...
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    Stobbs in the CITMA Review – No shift on shape
    In an article for this month’s CITMA Review, Amelia Sainsbury comments on The CJEU's decision in C-421/15, Yoshida Metal Industry Co Ltd v EUIPO, considering the role of non-functional elements in shape marks. Read the full article
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    Watch out – GC finds validity of Nike’s RCD not affected by prior registered design
    A recent appeal at the General Court called into question the validity of a Registered Community Design for a wristband/watch/device, registered by NIKE on 27 December 2012 in respect of ‘measuring instruments, apparatus and devices’ in Class 10.04 of the Locarno Classification. Part of the g...
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    Stobbs in the CITMA Review – Small but mighty
    In an article for this month's CITMA Review, Victoria Leach comments on UK opposition decision O/150/17, LUXURY HOTELS OF THE WORLD, where a likelihood of confusion was found despite the very limited distinctive character of the marks in question. Read the full article
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