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  • Pawsecco: No more PDO puns
    Parties operating in the food and drink sector are likely to be well aware of the Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs), Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) and Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSGs) relevant to their respective fields.  Well known examples include CHAMPAGNE wine, GO...
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    A not-so-mythical error in law
    In the recent decision of Marriott v EUIPO, the EU General Court found the Board of Appeal and EUIPO Cancellation Decision had erred in law ...
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    Hotel Chocolat and Waitrose: the 1* Chocolate Bar
    In what has been dubbed “slabgate”, Hotel Chocolat has recently settled a dispute with Waitrose regarding copycat chocolate slabs. Hotel Chocolat claimed that Waitrose infringed its IP rights in its wavy-shaped slab, including its...
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    It doesn’t take much to be inspired
    This case deals with some commonly encountered issues: inherently weak and potentially invalid trade marks, broad registered rights versus n...
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    TiVo’s evidence fails to entertain the UKIPO
    In April 2016, Vivo Intenational (“Vivo”) applied to register the mark VIVO covering television production services and video on-demand services in class 41. TiVo Brands (“TiVo”) opposed this application, but the opposition was initially refused. TiVo then
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – No let-up for SULETS as ‘use in a locality’ defence fails
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on when the s.11(3) 'use in a locality' defence may not apply - particularly when the earlier use has been national, not local.   The full article can be found 
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    Stobbs’ success recognised in the World Trademark Review and Legal 500
    At Stobbs we like to be different. We believe in it and our clients believe it. It drives the ethos of the firm and it’s why we try and find success with new ideas, such as the recent Stobbs brand films (which you can find in full on our
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    You can bet on it – BET365 found to have acquired distinctiveness by the General Court
    Following a long-running legal battle, the General Court of the European Union (‘General Court’) found that the mark ‘BET 365’ has acquired distinctive character through use, at least in relation to betting and gambling services in class 41. Bet365 Group filed an application for ‘BET...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Entering the post-Brexit domain
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the prospects for UK owners of .eu domains post-Brexit.   The full article can be found here
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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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