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RPC Bites #25 - Dry January further boosts no/lo sales, PepsiCo and Beyond Meat join forces and Mondelez faces price fixing allegations

Published on 18 February 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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RPC Bites #24 - Brexit hits Percy Pigs, HFSS restrictions to become law in 2022 and a reminder that despite popular belief, honey is not medicinal

Published on 27 January 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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Dry January? No/lo drinks to start 2021

Published on 26 January 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Elizabeth Zang, Trainee Solicitor

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The popularity of no/lo drinks has skyrocketed with no/lo drinks toppling craft beer as the UK's top tipple in 2020 (the SIBA British Craft Beer Report 2020).

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RPC Bites #23 - Northern Ireland Protocol breakthrough, victory for the UK organics sector and eco faux pas for Gousto

Published on 17 December 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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RPC Bites #22 - Brexit tips with 30 days to go, ASA rulings and farming subsidy reforms

Published on 03 December 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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Know where you stand

Published on 25 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Whether you’re just starting out or launching a new beer, there are a wealth of intellectual property issues to consider in the world of brewing. Here, Ciara Cullen and Ben Mark, outline those do’s and don’ts, the changing brewing landscape and how to thrive in 2021 and beyond.

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European Parliament votes on plant-based food labels

Published on 25 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sophie Tuson, Associate

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On 23 October 2020, the European Parliament voted on proposed amendments to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which would affect how plant-based products can be labelled in the EU.

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RPC Bites #21 – burgers, Brexit and bans for online ads

Published on 20 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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CMA launches Investigation into green claims

Published on 20 November 2020. By Sophie Tuson, Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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The CMA, the UK's consumer watchdog, has launched an investigation into environmental claims made by businesses to promote their products.

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RPC Bites #20

Published on 06 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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Neat infringement claim leaves whiskey competitor’s trade mark on the rocks

Published on 02 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Harris, Associate

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The producers of Eagle Rare bourbon whiskey have succeeded in their trade mark infringement claim against competitor, American Eagle. The case highlights the impact of market-specific context in determining whether consumers are likely to be confused by similar trade marks. Whilst the case has general relevance, it will be of specific interest to alcohol and luxury goods brands.

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Neat infringement claim leaves whiskey competitor’s trade mark on the rocks

Published on 02 November 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Harris, Associate

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The producers of Eagle Rare bourbon whiskey have succeeded in their trade mark infringement claim against competitor, American Eagle. The case highlights the impact of market-specific context in determining whether consumers are likely to be confused by similar trade marks. Whilst the case has general relevance, it will be of specific interest to alcohol and luxury goods brands.

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RPC Bites #19

Published on 20 October 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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RPC Bites #18

Published on 08 October 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!!

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RPC Bites #17

Published on 24 September 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure.

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RPC Bites #16

Published on 10 September 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure.

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RPC Bites #15

Published on 26 August 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure.

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RPC Bites #14

Published on 07 August 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure.

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RPC Bites #13

Published on 21 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Reproduction of infringing content online: who's liable?

Published on 21 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

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Keyword advertising, search engine optimisation and liability for infringement via online marketplaces: In recent years, there has been a plethora of cases concerning the various ways that trade marks may be infringed, through use on the internet.

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Reproduction of infringing content online: who's liable?

Published on 21 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

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Keyword advertising, search engine optimisation and liability for infringement via online marketplaces: In recent years, there has been a plethora of cases concerning the various ways that trade marks may be infringed, through use on the internet.

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RPC Bites #12

Published on 08 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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'Nosecco' is a no-no, says the High Court

Published on 01 July 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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In recent years, health and wellbeing has been big business in the UK. The COVID-19 outbreak has only further stoked the desire to obtain and maintain healthy minds and bodies and the trend looks set to continue, across the retail sector.

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RPC Bites #11

Published on 24 June 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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RPC Bites #10

Published on 10 June 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure.

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Luxury and online marketplaces - the next chapter (Coty v Amazon)

Published on 01 June 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Senior Associate

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On 2 April 2020, the CJEU ruled that storing infringing goods on behalf of a third-party seller, without knowing that those goods infringe trade mark rights does not constitute infringement, provided that the storing party does not pursue the aim of offering the goods for sale or putting them on the market.

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RPC Bites #9

Published on 29 May 2020. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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Welcome to RPC Bites. Our aim in the next 2 minutes is to provide you with a flavour of some key legal, regulatory and commercial developments in the Food & Drink sector over the last fortnight… with the occasional bit of industry gossip thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Dressing down for The Consortium for Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Published on 18 December 2019. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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Balsamic vinegar manufacturers (outside of Modena) can use the terms 'aceto' and 'balsamico' following a decision made by the CJEU relating to protected geographical indications.

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Natasha's law - legislation requiring ingredients labelling on all pre-packaged foods presented in Parliament

Published on 06 September 2019. By Alyson Lloyd, Senior Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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On Thursday 5th September, 'Natasha's Law' was presented in Parliament. This is new legislation which mandates full ingredients labelling on all pre-packaged food.

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High Court does not "lycra" unjust Part 36 offers

Published on 26 June 2019. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Samuel Coppard, Associate

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In a recent High Court decision it has been held that parties must ensure that Part 36 offers are "genuine offers to settle" as the court will not order costs in circumstances where it is unjust to do so. Furthermore, the decision reinforces the significant weight that is given to whether or not an offeree accepts a Part 36 offer, regardless of whether relief is obtained by the offeree in the first instance.

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Worried you'll run out of milk: what does your contract say?

Published on 09 April 2019. By Rachael Ellis, Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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This isn't a 'B'-word blog, don't worry. But with 'B' looming (in whatever form it may take) UK businesses are facing unprecedented uncertainty when it comes to their supply chain – talk continues of border delays, stock piling and shortages.

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2019 TerraLex guide to navigating cross-border copyright rules

Published on 30 January 2019. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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We are delighted to present the TerraLex Cross‑Border Copyright Guide 2019, the fourth edition of this invaluable guide.

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Big 'Mac' Surprise

Published on 25 January 2019. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner

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In a decision that will send shock waves to many brand owners, particularly in the food and drink industry, the EU Cancellation Division has revoked McDonald's EUTM for 'Big Mac' in its entirety, even in respect of sandwiches, despite being McDonald's signature product worldwide.

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All that glitters is not "Gold"

Published on 09 January 2019. By Esme O'Hagen, Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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How does the court calculate what a reasonable license fee is, and what conduct will be sufficient for the court to award additional damages under section 92(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998?

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All that glitters is not "Gold"

Published on 09 January 2019. By Esme O'Hagen, Associate and Ciara Cullen, Partner

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How does the court calculate what a reasonable license fee is, and what conduct will be sufficient for the court to award additional damages under section 92(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1998?

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Christian Louboutin's red sole walks all over the Trade Mark Directive shape exclusion

Published on 03 July 2018. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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Christian Louboutin has been in and out of courts all over the world in the last few years over his iconic red-soled shoes. In the latest instalment of his litigation adventures, the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has given a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 3 of Directive 2008/95/EC ("Trade Mark Directive"), which covers grounds for refusal or invalidity of signs in respect of their shape. But does this ruling really take us anywhere?

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CJEU asks whether 'Glen' triggers an image of 'Scotch Whisky' in geographical indications case

Published on 20 June 2018. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled on the interpretation of Article 16(a) to (c) of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 on the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks.

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Claimant gets its fingers 'pricked' in IPEC passing off claim

Published on 16 May 2018. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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What's the difference between a tattoo and a cactus? This isn't the start of a bad joke, but a serious question that was considered in front of Her Honour Judge Clarke in a recent passing off case in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. It turns out that – unsurprisingly – the differences between a tattoo and a cactus are so great that the Claimant's claim for passing off failed.

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2018 TerraLex guide to navigating cross-border copyright rules

Published on 24 January 2018. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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Drawing together contributions from copyright experts in 21 territories we have found are key to global businesses, this guide explores questions regarding legislation and regulation, ownership, infringement, remedies, enforcement and copyright reform on a country-by-country basis.

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TV formats are the real 'Minute Winner': High Court confirms TV formats can be protected as artistic works

Published on 01 November 2017. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Sophie Tuson, Associate

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In a recent judgment, the High Court has provided helpful clarification on a particularly grey area of IP law by confirming that TV formats can be protected by copyright as artistic works.

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UK Court grants first 'live' blocking order against streaming servers

Published on 25 April 2017. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) recently won its application for a court order that the six main retail internet service providers block access to streaming servers until the end of the 2016/2017 Premier League Season. The application covered live streaming only – i.e. it only applies when those servers are streaming infringing content.

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Nvidia sweats over Hardware Labs' "threats"

Published on 19 January 2017. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

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Nvidia’s attempt to bring a groundless threats action against Hardware Labs in the English High Court has failed.

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How ISP blocking orders provide a new and welcome form of redress against e-commerce counterfeiting

Published on 21 September 2016. By Ciara Cullen, Partner

Ciara Cullen, Partner in IP and Technology, tackles the topic of counterfeiting online, how it's impacting sectors such as retail and pharmaceuticals, and the new remedy available to brand owners.

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Comic Enterprises remains gleeful as CofA upholds series marks

Published on 31 May 2016. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Louise Morgan, Senior Associate

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The Court of Appeal recently ruled on an outstanding aspect of the appeal brought by Twentieth Century Fox in the "Glee" trade mark dispute.

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EC's 2015 comms on copyright– appetiser to 2016's main course

Published on 09 February 2016. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Ciara Cullen, Partner

As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy the European Commission released a Communication entitled "Towards a modern, more European copyright framework" on 9 December 2015.

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Juncker's Utopia: a virtual Europe without borders

Published on 06 March 2015. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Ciara Cullen, Partner

It is 2015 and the relentless appetite for consumption of content has never been greater.

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An Enterprising look at survey evidence

Published on 05 February 2015. By David Cran, Head of IP and Tech and Ciara Cullen, Partner

True to form, Mr. Justice Arnold's recent judgment in Enterprise Holdings Inc v. (1) Europcar Group UK Limited (2) Europcar International SASU [2015] EWHC 17(Ch) runs to an extensive 227 paragraphs.

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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, Head of TMT 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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Trade Mark Protection: Court of Appeal says distinctiveness is not enough

Published on 15 October 2013. By Jeremy Drew, Head of TMT and Ciara Cullen, Partner

The Court of Appeal for England and Wales recently handed down its much anticipated ruling in Cadbury's long-drawn-out battle to maintain its UK trade mark registration for the colour purple.

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