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8th March 2022
The exhaustion of rights regime and the recent update from the Government

The current position Since 1973 when the UK joined the then European Common Market, the UK has followed an exhaustion of IP rights regime which has enabled the secondary sale …

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8th March 2022
Are your retail trade marks at risk?

It is safe to say that the average consumer will make no distinction between retail services offered by single-brand stores and retail services offered by multi-brand stores (department stores). Following …

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8th March 2022
Self-scanning technology

What innovation is happening at the tills? What are the technology changes at self-scanning machines? The food & drink industry is devoting huge resources in the drive towards a circular …

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8th March 2022
Sustainable packaging – examples of innovation in the retail sector

Internationally, 40% of plastic that is produced is for packaging that is used once and then discarded. In 2019, over 15 million tonnes of plastic packaging material waste was generated …

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8th March 2022
NFTs – what are they and what do they mean for retailers and their IP?

What are NFTs? Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital tokens stored on the blockchain. In contrast to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, NFTs are often compared to art works or trading cards. …

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8th March 2022
Hermès and the MetaBirkin: As NFTs herald an advance in technology, can IP law keep up?

The arrival of the metaverse brings yet further challenges for brand owners in a virtual and digital landscape. In the metaverse it is possible to purchase and trade various items …

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1st November 2021
Enforcing Your IP Rights at the Border – What’s New?

I have a friend who is a keen model car collector. Recently he spotted one he liked the look of on a well-known online auction site, put a bid on …

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1st November 2021
Is an International Exhaustion of Rights Regime coming to the UK?

Is an International Exhaustion of Rights Regime coming to the UK? And should it be welcomed by retailers? Since 1973 when the United Kingdom joined the then European Economic Community …

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1st November 2021
Fendi v Shanghai Yi Lang International Co

For many years, the China Trademark Office (CTMO) has not accepted “retail” services in Class 35, on the basis that the protection of services implies providing a service for others, …

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