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  • GLEE – the end of the Series (mark)?
    Last month we reported on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the trade mark conflict between Comic Enterprises and Twentieth Century Fox in relation to the latter’s Glee TV series.  Howev...
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    The EU hokey-cokey – B®exit
    It is difficult to escape the current media coverage of the forthcoming UK referendum on whether the UK should continue to remain a member of the European Union (EU).  A “no” vote from the majority of the British public would lead to the so-called “Brexit” taking...
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    Powerful and Valuable Brands
    It is not often that we think about the influence of a brand in relation to a product or service. We know of, have heard about and have probably discussed the “better known” brands or “household brands” out there – brands that people can name and identify for a variety of reasons, such ...
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    Fox in the Box: CoA Rules on GLEE
    The Court of Appeal yesterday heard the appeals and cross-appeals brought by Comic Enterprises (‘Comic’) and 20th Century Fox (‘Fox’), ultimately upholding a verdict in Comic’s favour. To recap, Comic are the operators of live comedy and entertainment venues and the owners o...
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    Warning: Owners of US trade marks targeted with spam
    Clients may already be on their guard for unsolicited letters and official looking invoices sent by unscrupulous companies targeting the owners of UK and Community trade marks. This spam correspondence usually requests extortionate fee payments for renewals, publication in unofficial Registers of...
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    EU Trade Mark Reforms – Proof of Use in Oppositions
    In our continuing series on the reformed European Union (“EU”) trade mark Regulation coming into effect on 23 March 2016, we briefly introduce how proof of use requirements under the new Regulation will impact older EU trade mark registrations being relied upon in EU trade mark oppositions. ...
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    EU Trade Mark Reforms – Counterfeit goods
    Trade mark law in Europe will undergo some significant reforms in the next few months.  A new EU Regulation (2015/2424) and EU Directive (2015/ 2436) were enacted in December 2015 (to enter into force from March 2016) which introduce some very important changes affecting Community Trade Marks (C...
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    EU Trade Mark Reforms – Shape mark exclusions widened
    Trade mark law in Europe will undergo some significant reforms in the next few months.  A new EU Regulation (2015/2424) and EU Directive (2015/ 2436) were enacted in December 2015 (to enter into force from March 2016) which introduce some very important changes affecting Community Trade Marks (C...
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    Case analysis: Nestlé and Cadbury [2016] EWHC 50 (Ch) 20 January 2016
    In our recent blog post (here), we outlined the UK High Court judgment on the latest appeal concerning Nestlé’s attempt to register the 3D shape of its four-fingered bar.  Here, Julius...
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    Confusion over meaning of Genuine Use in the UK
    Whether use of a trade mark in just one Member State is sufficient or not to support the validity of a Community Trade Mark (CTM) (which has effect in all 28 Member States of the EU) is an issue practitioners and the Courts have struggled with since the CTM system began over 20 year...
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