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  • Sri Lanka and Indonesia are set to join the Madrid Protocol
    The Sri Lankan government recently announced that the country is set to join the Madrid Protocol in August 2018. Shortly afterwards, Indonesia took another step in its accession to the Protocol, confirming that it will formally become a party on 2 January 2018. That means that the Madrid Union no...
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    Brand ambassadors beware
    A recent news report (see here) caught our attention as it highlighted another instance...
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    Does the Sky have a limit?
    The General Court has upheld an opposition filed by telecommunications company Sky agains...
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    A Tale of two C’s: Success for Chanel against an imitation of its famous interlocking C’s monogram
    Li Jing Zhou (a Spanish national) protected the following logo as a Community Design for ‘ornamentation’:   &nb...
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    Appeal dismissed in London taxi shape mark case
    "Is the shape of a London taxi a valid registered trade mark?" is how the Court of Appeal began its judgment and is the question at the heart of the...
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    An atomic breakthrough in combatting counterfeits…
    We hear a lot about counterfeiting in the fashion industry but what about counterfeiting in more sinister fields? Fake medicine, which reportedly accounts for around 1 million deaths per year, is among one of the most serious forms of counterfeiting.  It is great to learn, therefore, that there ...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: the silence is broken
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the position paper on post-Brexit IP rights published by the EU Commission.   The full article can be found
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    Stobbs ranked Tier 1 in latest Legal 500
    We are very lucky at Stobbs to have already been ranked as Tier 1 in the Legal 500’s rankings for Trade Mark Attorney firms (as ...
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    New unjustified threats provisions a welcome change for brand owners
    The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017, which came into force on 1 October 2017, represents a long-awaited and positive chan...
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    Can legal threats and ‘fun’ ever be used in the same sentence?
    Regular readers of our blog will be familiar with the risk of negative PR and criticism that brand owners face if their cease-and-desist (‘C&D’) letters are posted and shared on social media platforms by their disgruntled recipients –
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