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3rd August 2021
The Internet of Things

What is the Internet of Things? Among the various lockdown viewing options offered by Netflix is a series of animated short stories called “Love, Death and Robots”, which span a …

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3rd August 2021
Bitesize food case law

In the past 6 months a number of very interesting decisions were handed down by different European courts and IP offices which we would like to draw your attention to. …

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3rd August 2021
The secret code of tailored skincare

Recently, there has been news in the press that an international skin care company was suspected of copying ideas regarding personalised cosmetics from a young startup it held talks with …

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3rd August 2021
Non-dairy giant vs UK family farm – Oat milk brand battle

Earlier this year we looked at M&S v Aldi in the Caterpillar wars, and the case at the moment is Oatly v Glebe Farms. In an [Oat]shell: Swedish drinks firm …

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3rd August 2021
Conceptual Similarity – the key to likelihood of confusion?

BareMinerals v BareFace Minerals – case O/060/21 (January 2021) In March 2020, Shiseido Americas Corporation (“SAC”) filed an application to invalidate UK registration No. 3114196 “BareFace Minerals” in the name …

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3rd August 2021
Battle of the Banksy trade marks

Between 2014 and 2019 Banksy applied and registered 14 European Union trade marks for some of his most famous artworks. However, over the last 2 years several of these registrations …

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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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