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Visa navigate the Amazon

Published on 27 January 2022. By Henry Priestley, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate

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Amazon recently halted its decision to stop accepting Visa credit card payments for UK customers on January 19th. The decision to prohibit the use of Visa credit cards was initially enacted due to a dispute that arose over payment fees levied by card issuers.

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McDonald's battles to protect its 'Mc'-family

Published on 06 January 2022. By Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate

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McDonald's has successfully defended its 'Mc' branding, following an application by Children's Cancer Aid Limited (CCA) to register 'MCVEGAN' as a trade mark (the Application).

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Counterfeiters beware: It all ends in tiers…

Published on 01 December 2021. By Sarah Mountain, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate

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The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) recently published the 2020 – 2021 IP Crime and Enforcement Report (the Report). The Report highlights the current and emerging threats surrounding counterfeiting and is a collaboration between the IPO and the IP Crime Group (which is made up of enforcement agencies and industry representatives). The Report details the work carried out by these organisations, to prevent IP crime.

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RPC Bites #39 – Alpro in hot water over environmental claims, the ASA reports on social media alcohol ads and Tesco introduces checkout-less stores

Published on 04 November 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate and Harpreet Kaur, Associate

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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 38 – Green Claims Code gets the green light, McDonald's announces new plant-based products and EU to UK import controls delayed until 2022

Published on 12 October 2021. By Ciara Cullen, Partner and Ben Mark, Partner and Sarah Mountain, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate and Harpreet Kaur, Associate

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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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Carrier bag charges to increase to 10 pence from 21 May 2021

Published on 07 May 2021. By Henry Priestley, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate

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As trailed in the latest edition of Retail Compass, the Government has been planning to increase the minimum charge of single-use carrier bags.

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Oh (no) Polly – clothing brand infringed the design rights of a direct competitor the High Court finds

Published on 17 March 2021. By Sarah Mountain, Partner and Ellie Ward, Associate

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The High Court has held that G4K Fashion Limited, trading as 'Oh Polly', has infringed UK unregistered design rights (UKUDR) and community unregistered design rights (CUDR) owned by Original Beauty Technology Company Limited (Original Beauty) by copying several of its 'bodycon' and 'bandage' garments. Original Beauty was, however, unable to establish passing off.

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