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  • KIT KAT Woe, Two in a Row
    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has indicated that Nestlé should not own an EU trade mark registration for its four-finger bar (KIT KAT). Previous blog posts on the KIT KAT saga can be found here...
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    Stobbs contributes to EUIPO Quality Assurance Panel
    Earlier in July, Stobbs continued its participation, on behalf of CITMA, in the EUIPO
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    Parallel Imports – Do I have a Legitimate Reason to Object?
    Parallel imports – genuine branded products put on the market by a rights holder in one territory and subsequently imported into a different territory by a third party without the rights holder’s consent - can offer consumers the opportunity to purchase authentic quality products at lower pri...
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    UKIPO publishes its response to consultation on implementing the new EUTM Directive
    The UK government has now published (here) its response to its consultation and
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    Safe Skies Fails to Unpick this Lock
    The General Court has ruled that the mark TSA LOCK, covering locks and bags, was validly registered. Safe Skies LLC (Safe Skies) applied to invalidate Travel Sentry, Inc.’s EUTM registration in 2014, but the Board of Appeal and now the General Court have both refused the application for invalid...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – UK Supreme Court decides brand owners should pay costs of implementing blocking injunctions
    In a post on the Kluwer Trademark Blog, Stobbs comments on the Supreme Court's decision that brand owners should cover ISPs' costs for implementing site blocking injunctions. Will this decision put these orders out of the financial reach of most brand owners?   The full article can be ...
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    The Little Red Sole strikes again, and this time it scores…
    Case C-163/16 – Christian Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV: the CJEU’s preliminary ruling Although it might have been eclipsed by shoes of a different nature and purpose thanks to a certain football tournament which is hitting the media at the moment, fashionistas out the...
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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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