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September 2018

A surprisingly busy summer of IP. Here is our round-up of the bigger legal headlines.

Switching a swoosh for a square: keep your eye on the ball

Roger Federer switches sponsors from Nike to Uniqlo but iconic “RF” trade mark was not present at his first match of Wimbledon as the ownership rights lay with Nike rather than Federer. Will Federer/Uniqlo pay a hefty price for transfer of ownership?

Fast Fashion: EU-wide

The recent decision in the case of OTB v Zara serves as a useful reminder that an infringement of third party IP rights can result in a claim in the courts in one EU member state for an injunction and damages in all EU countries where the products have been sold.

Nestle loses appeal in “KitKat” case

The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its judgment on the “KitKat” case, resulting in Nestlé (the maker of the KitKat) losing its EU trade mark for the shape of its chocolate wafer product. The basis of the decision being that Nestlé had failed to provide sufficient evidence that the KitKat shape mark had acquired distinctive character throughout the EU.

Placement of “unhealthy” food advertisements come under heavy scrutiny

A breakdown of several ASA decisions published that highlight the continued focus by the ASA on advertising high fat, sugar or salt products to children.

Fiat Automobiles aims to stop sales of “Jeep-Like” vehicle in US

FCA has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission, requesting a ban on a “nearly identical copy” of itst Jeep vehicle by the Indian manufacturer, Mahindra known as the ‘Roxor’, on the basis of trade mark infringement and copying of the Jeep’s trade dress.

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pro-manchester Retail Lunch

HGF is proud to be sponsoring the pro-manchester Retail Lunch. The pro-manchester Retail Lunch will be held at the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel on Thursday, 8th August. The …

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eControl System’s marketing and selling practices create unfair impression of a commercial connection with AGA

In July 2023, iconic British brand AGA Rangemaster Group Limited (“AGA”) filed a trade mark infringement and copyright complaint directed to eControl System’s[1] second-hand refurbished AGA cookers. The case vindicates …

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Fuelling innovation – The IP Behind Sports Nutrition

The importance of innovation in sporting success With the Euros in full swing and the Olympics on the horizon, this summer elite athletes will be pushed to the limits of …

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UPC issues two first instance decisions on infringement

Last week, just over one year since it became operational, the UPC handed down its first major decision in an infringement action. Here, the UPC met one of its primary …

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Exam Success and Congratulations

We are very proud to share news that some of our colleagues have received fantastic results in the European patent qualifying and the UK Foundation exams! We want to congratulate …

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New Blog Series - Agritech Thymes: A brief look at public prior use of plants in the US

In the US, plants can be protected by utility patents, plant patents and/or plant variety rights. Both types of patent are subject to the same novelty rules of USC §102, …

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