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Over EUR760 million worth of product seized by EU customs authorities in 2013

Published on 22 August 2014. By David Cran, Partner

According to the "Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights – Results at the EU border 2013", customs authorities in 2013 opened approximately 87,000 detention cases in respect of 36 million articles, accounting for a domestic retail value of more than €760 million.

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"Fashioning" prior art – CJEU ruling on unregistered Community designs

Published on 07 August 2014. By Jeremy Drew, Partner

On reference from the Irish Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European (CJEU) has provided further commentary on the scope of prior art required to invalidate an unregistered Community design.

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Don't delay when requesting a stay under the Community Trade Mark Regulations

Published on 04 August 2014. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Adam Cusworth, Associate

In proceedings in which the defendants have already been found liable for passing off and trade mark infringement in respect of the BETTY BOOP trade marks, the High Court has rejected the defendants' application to have the remaining copyright infringement and trade mark invalidity proceedings stayed in favour of earlier, related Italian proceedings.

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The problem with plain cigarette packaging

Published on 09 July 2014. By Jeremy Drew, Partner

This interview was first published on Lexis®PSL Commercial on 7 July 2014.

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OHIM's position on colour marks is not black and white

Published on 09 June 2014. By David Cran, Partner and Ben Mark, Legal Director

OHIM has recently updated its 'Manual of Trade Marks Practice' so as to apply the Common Practice of the Scope of Protection of Black and White Marks (the 'Common Practice').

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Copyright Alert: Browsing Defence

Published on 05 June 2014. By Paul Joseph, Partner and Ben Mark, Legal Director

The Court of Justice of the European (CJEU) has today handed down its long awaited decision in the Meltwater[1] case, confirming the general availability of the "browsing defence" to internet users.

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Copycat packaging – time for reform?

Published on 02 June 2014. By David Cran, Partner and Ben Mark, Legal Director

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has opposed the basis of a consultation by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on whether to grant a private right of action to businesses that fall victim to copycat packaging.

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Games content rating pricing: TIGA keeps pressure on PEGI

Published on 29 May 2014. By David Cran, Partner and Ben Nicholson, Associate

TIGA, the trade association which represents the UK video game industry, has increased the pressure on PEGI, the European game content rating system, to change its pricing policy.

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A 'lush' result for Cosmetic Warrior; another 'bomb' for Amazon

Published on 21 May 2014. By Paul Joseph, Partner and Ben Mark, Legal Director

Following a recent defeat in the High Court,

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Advocate General fashions a designer-friendly Opinion in Karen Millen v Dunnes Stores

Published on 08 May 2014. By Jeremy Drew, Partner and Ciara Cullen, Partner

An Advocate General of the CJEU has recently handed down his Opinion following a referral from the Irish High Court in the case of Karen Millen v Dunnes Stores.

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