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  • What will the GDPR mean for WHOIS?
    With Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) coming into effect on the 25 May 2018, the future of WHOIS is looking a little clearer (and barer) in view of ICANN’s recently published
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: Draft Fallout
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the IP profession's response to the EU Commission’s draft Brexit agreement, and the potential direction of travel for unitary IP rights post-Brexit.   The full article can be found 
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: A Working Draft – Part ii: Designs
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the EU Commission’s draft Brexit agreement, and what it might mean for the future of design rights in the UK.   The full article can be found 
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Successful decision for L’Oréal against barefaced infringement by RNV
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the finding that RN Ventures Ltd infringed L'Oreal's registered community designs for its facial brushes. The decision highlights the differences between registered designs and trade marks, with factors such as the distinctiveness of feat...
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    These shoes ain’t made for walking, but is trade mark law going to walk all over Louboutin?
    Christian Louboutin’s on-going battle to maintain trade mark protection for the ‘red sole’ of his shoes has been widely reported in the media in recent weeks. Many reports have suggested that it is not looking good for the future fate of the ‘red sole’ trade mark, but some commentators,...
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    Birkenstock’s sole sign declared invalid
    In a recent decision, the Appointed Person, James Mellor QC, refused to uphold the validity of Birkenstock’s UK trade mark (No. UK00003070...
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    Stobbs awarded UK Trade Mark Prosecution firm of the year 2018
    Stobbs are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Managing Intellectual Property’s Trade Mark Prosecution firm of the year for the UK.  
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    If at first you don’t succeed…
    The recent General Court decision of ...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: A Working Draft
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the EU Commission's draft Brexit agreement, and what it might mean for the future of EUTM rights in the UK.   The full article can be found 
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    It’s not over until the fat lady sings – Curtain call for Florence Foster Jenkins grapples with a thorny issue around cost caps
    The operatic saga in Martin v Kogan couldn’t resist returning to the stage for a final curtain call, in Hacon J’s decision on costs. T...
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