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  • Kluwer Trademark Blog – ZUMA in the Dog House
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs discusses the recent decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) in an infringement action brought by a high-end restaurant against a manufacturer of pet food. The full article can be found
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    Starring role for All Star in the General Court
    In a recent decision, the General Court of the European Union upheld a decision of the Board of Appeal in relation to All Star C.V.’s successful opposition against an EUTM application for the mark shown below, covering classes 9, 18 and 25.
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    China announces big reductions in official trade mark fees
    In a move that will be welcomed by many brand owners, the Chinese Trade Mark Office has slashed many of its official fees as of 1st April 2017.   The official fees for the majority of procedures before the Registry have been halved, including the fees for a trade mark applic...
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    Similar butt different
    A pair of recent Appointed Person decisions, both involving the question of similarity between brands of cigarettes, have offered an interesting reminder of the possible limitations of conceptual similarity, as opposed to its more popular cousins, aural and visual.   The first decision...
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    BrewDog: down dog!
    It seems that BrewDog is currently in the PR dog house for taking a 'heavy-handed' approach to the enforcement of its pack of trade mark rights.  A surprising, undesirable, and somewhat ironic position for the brewing company with a 'punk' ethos to find themselves in, given that they have themse...
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    .feedback Gets Just That
    ICANN’s action against .feedback domain registry operator Top Level Spectrum demonstrates that with brand owner intervention, domain acquisition does not have to be the Wild West.   It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four years since ICANN released the first...
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    Exclusive: UK IPO to Divide Functions
    Stobbs' Sherlock has uncovered exclusive news that the UK IPO plans to widen its offering. An anonymous UK IPO source has advised that: "We're increasingly seeing that the public wants a diverse function from the Office. As of 1 May 2017, the UK IPO will consist of three distinct departmen...
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    Economic Impact of Counterfeit Goods
    The EUIPO and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) have collaborated to develop a detailed report that seeks to quantify the potential damage to the modern economy caused by the ever-increasing global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. The full report, available
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Surprise defeat for the Tartan Army in Scotland
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs discusses the Scottish Court of Session's decision on TARTAN ARMY. The decision comes as a reminder that the Scottish courts are available as an avenue for enforcing EU and UK trade mark registrations, but delivers some surprising conclusions on vali...
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    Site blocking orders evolve to combat live streaming
    On 13 March, the High Court took an evolutionary step in the law relating to online blocking injunctions.  Justice Arnold concluded in Football Association Premier League (‘FAPL’) v BT, EE, PlusNet, Sky UK,...
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