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Where could Generative AI’s impact be most clearly felt in the retail sector?
Roy Amara, a researcher and computer scientist at the Stanford Research Institute, now called SRI International, coined the so-called Amara’s Law in the 1960s: “We overestimate the impact of technology …Read article
The X Files
No, it’s not quite what you think, and unfortunately not another case for Mulder and Scully. Nor is it an article about Gen X or the American punk rock band …Read article
Is International Exhaustion coming to a shop near you?
A recent Financial Times article ‘Creative Industries warn IP rights under threat by hunt for “Brexit dividends” highlighted that the UK government is again exploring, or at least having pressure …Read article
Barbie: Why do trade marks and licences Mattel?
“Humans only have one ending. Ideas live forever.” -Ruth, Barbie Movie (2023). Whilst ideas themselves can’t be protected under IP, the expression of ideas, technically speaking, can, provided they meet …Read article
OEM in China –Stahlwerk and the Good Faith principle
Before we get into the case specifics of Stahlwerk (January 2022), which is a Higher People’s Court of Zhejiang Province case, we just need to cover what OEM is and …Read article
Design (registrations) to win -this time its GIN! – M&S vs ALDI
This case illustrates how a well thought out design registration strategy helped Marks and Spencer (M&S) win the day against the discount specialist, Aldi. It is another chapter in the …Read article
CJEU sees red – Louboutin vs Amazon
Christian Louboutin for anyone who doesn’t know, is a French designer of luxury footwear and handbags, whose best-known goods are high-heeled (often very!) women’s shoes. From the mid-1990s onwards, he …Read article
Protection of retail formats in China: the Decathlon case
The copying of whole retail formats in China is not unknown. For example in 2011 authorities in Kunming found 22 ‘fake’ Apples stores in their city with many of the …Read article
Tesco vs Lidl – Going in circles
The full trial between Tesco and Lidl started before the High Court in February 2023. With the parties battling over their use of their yellow circle logos, we look at …Read article