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22nd April 2021
Copycat routes of action – decisive protection for designers

IPEC handed down a victory on 19th November 2020 to Italian manufacturer Freddy SpA. This company distributed a pair of trousers known as WR.UP pants (launched in 2012) – designed …

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22nd April 2021
Long road for Halloumi

In a previous issue of Retail Scanner in July 2020, we discussed the CJEU decision in the long running dispute over the marks “HALLOUMI” and “BBQLOUMI”, brought by the Foundation …

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22nd April 2021
Descriptive company names – Dairy Partners BV vs DOC Dairy Partners Limited

In a long-awaited decision, the Dutch Supreme Court has recently handed down a judgement providing clarity on the conditions for protection of more or less descriptive company names in the …

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22nd April 2021
Everything but the…shops

Over the last year, online retailers have been snapping up high street brands but not their stores. In February, Arcadia’s TOPSHOP, TOPMAN, MISS SELFRIDGE and HIIT brands sold to ASOS …

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22nd April 2021
Product upcycling and brand owners

Upcycling has become increasingly popular in recent years, the increase in environmental awareness amongst both businesses and consumers driving the trend, but with this comes new challenges for brand owners. …

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27th November 2020
The skin we don’t live in

Veganism has surged in popularity in recent years, with more than 600,000 self -described vegans in the United Kingdom as of 2018, up from 150,000 in 2006.[1] Now attention is …

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27th November 2020
Rough times for Oktoberfest

Times are rough with Covid-19 leading to the cancellation of this year’s famous Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich and yet another (partial) defeat in terms of the application of a word …

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27th November 2020
Battle of the beers called off

This week it was announced that Lidl, the German discount supermarket, and Dutch beer brewer Grolsch settled their trade mark conflict that arose two years ago and which, throughout that …

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27th November 2020
Brand evolution in the time of anti-racism protests

George Floyd’s death and subsequent anti-racism protests have pushed the corporate world to take various actions to address the issue of racial inequality. Recently, FMCG, entertainment, sport, professional and public …

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