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  • End of the road for UDRP for copyright?
    The Public Interest Registry, the registry for .org domains, has announced that it is putting plans for a ‘UDRP for copyright’ on hold.   The Public Interest Registry had been working with the Domain Name Association on a set of ‘healthy practices’ which registries could volunt...
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    Don’t it, it
    Some have said that Argos’ recent defeat was karma for its much-maligned Richard E. Grant adverts, others may feel that it was a curse placed on it by now-defunct rival
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    Travel Fox outfoxed on genuine use
    A recent decision from the Appointed Person considered whether the use of two parts of a composite mark placed separately in two different locations on a shoe constituted use of the mark as registered, and concluded that this did constitute genuine use.   SDI (Wigan) IP Limited (SDI) i...
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    Stobbs in the CITMA Review: Sweden gets straight answer on genuine use
    In an article for this month’s CITMA Review, Jessica Wolff comments on C-654/15, Länsförsäkringar AB v Matek A/S, CJEU, 21st December 2016, which which the CJEU confirmed that there is no need to consider whe...
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    An Apple A Day: Apple successful in oppositions against Pear device marks
    Apple Inc. has recently been successful in two Board of Appeal decisions against Pear Technologies Limited. Pear filed two stylised Pear logo marks as EUTMs:  
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    Sherlock’s ulterior motive an abuse of process – 68 non-use actions against Apple’s marks rejected by the UKIPO
    Apple has successfully fended off 68 non-use revocation actions by establishing at two UKIPO Case Management Conferences (CMCs) that the revocations were an abuse of process.   The UK IPO’s Head of Trade Marks, Allan James, presided over the CMCs, at which he assessed the history and...
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    Scent marks – Hasbro, Inc. apply to register ‘the smell of Play-Doh’
    We were very interested in this recent article in The Independent concerning an application by Hasbro, Inc. to register the smell of Play-Doh ...
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    Review of United Kingdom Trade Marks and Design Decisions 2016
    In an article soon to be published in the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Julius Stobbs, Geoff Weller and Yana Zhou looked at key UK trade mark and design decisions from the past year that may be of particular interest to comparative lawyers, especially...
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    Luxury brands boom in Britain
    It seems that the weaker, post-referendum pound sterling might not be all bad news for Britain.  It was recently reported that London’s heritage is thought to be particularly appealing to Chinese consumers, as the numbers of tourists from China are on the increase and providing a significant b...
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    Not so lucky for LUCKY TEA
    In 2013, two luxury tea brands went head-to-head over a trade mark in the UK. Mariage Freres (MF) and TWG Tea Company (TWG) each filed for marks consisting of or containing the words LUCKY TEA in classes 21 and 30 (covering a broad range of goods including tea, coffee, chocolate-based beverages a...
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