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  • The Power and Penumbra of Unfair Advantage
    This case concerns an application for invalidity brought by Duracell Batteries BVBA (“Duracell”) against two UK trade mark registrations owned by Powercell Beverages Ltd (“Powercell”), summarised below.   Whilst typically it is difficult to bring reputation-based cases for unfa...
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    British Airways’ wings clipped by Michael Gleissner
    We've come to expect a steady stream of trade mark decisions involving Michael Gleissner. We have previously reported on this enigmatic and admonished trade mark troll (see
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    Stobbs in the CITMA Review – Most UKIPO appearances 2013-2017
    The New Year offers a time to look back and reflect on the previous year. A recent article in the CITMA ...
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    Uncorking the World of Counterfeit Wines
    With bottles of wine auctioned at upwards of £5,000 a case, the fine wine industry is undoubtedly a lucrative one.  However, the exclusivity of the fine wine market, the subjective nature of the value of wine and the intangible nature of those factors which influence wines’ value have togethe...
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    Merry Christmas from Stobbs!
    Stobbs would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  
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    Kluwer trademark blog – Pick your battles! Localised goodwill defeats later UKTM
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs discusses the Court of Appeal’s decision on when local goodwill can be used to invalidate a later trade mark registration.   The full article can be found
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    The Twelve Fake Days of Christmas
    As a recent post from the UKIPO's blog pointed out, everyone loves a bargain, especially when buying last-minute Christmas presents. But ...
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    Protecting artworks as trade marks: Contrary to public policy and accepted principles of morality?
    A recent case has explored whether out-of-copyright artworks can be protected as trade marks, and under what circumstances this might be possible.   In an appeal brought by the Municipality of Oslo against a decision of the NIPO (the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office), the NIPO Bo...
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    Stobbs in the CITMA Review – Snail mail is stopped
    In an article for this month’s CITMA Review, Carrie Bradley comments on the UKIPO’s decision in an opposition to the mark SNAIL MAIL, filed on the basis of earlier rights in MAIL (
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    The Brexit IP doomsday scenario spelled out – EUIPO gets frank with EUTM and RCD owners about what happens if the UK lands “no deal”
    On 5th December the European Commission and the EUIPO issued this notice to E...
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