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Scrabble, Scrambled in Mattel v Zynga

Can a mark which fails the basic "sign" and "graphic representation" requirements of Article 2 of the Trade Marks Directive 2008/95/EC be registrable if the trade mark ow...

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Survey Evidence Revisited in ZEE TV

Survey evidence in passing off cases suffered another blow recently when the Court of Appeal ruled against an appellant seeking to conduct a survey in ZEE TV. The Court’s...

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Combating "Bait and Switch" Tactics by Online Reta...

Online retailers like Amazon stock nearly everything under the sun. If they do not stock it, then they offer alternatives. Where retailers use a brand owner’s registered ...

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Rebranding Parallel Imported Pharmaceuticals

The parallel importation of prescription drugs into the UK is a huge business. Drugs supplied by parallel importers are preferred by many UK pharmacists because of their ...

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Lush is a handmade cosmetics company based in the UK. Its founders Mark and Mo Constantine opened their first cosmetics store in Poole in Dorset in 1994. A year later the...

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Having to rely on unregistered trade mark rights in an OHIM opposition is never a pleasing prospect. The standard of proof demanded is usually extremely high and the pitf...

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Candy Crush Saga

Another highly successful web-based product is the mobile video game, Candy Crush Saga. This product is reported to be the most popular game on Facebook with around 50 mi...

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in the uk office

The Monopoly "-opoly" monopoly

As regular readers of the Snippets section of MakeYour Mark will recall, Hasbro recently successfully opposed Olesegun Victor Ibitoye’s UK trademark application for Galat...

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UK-IPO Practice on Colour is Not Black and White

The UK-IPO recently issued a new Tribunal Practice Notice 1/2014 concerning the relevance of colour in the comparison of marks following the CJEU judgement in Specsavers ...

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european perspectives

Colour Marks and Figurative Marks: A Distinction w...

Brand owners may apply to protect combinations of colour either as colour marks or as figurative marks. The distinction is an important one, not only for determining the ...

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Oppositions Based on Prior Unregistered Rights

In a recent case heard by the General Court, Dimian AG failed to invalidate a mark registered by Bayer Design Fritz on the basis that insufficient evidence was filed (Dim...

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out and about

PTMG Spring Conference

London17-18 March 2014 Katie Cameron spoke on "Changes to the CTM Regulation"Katie CameronTanya Buckley ...

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ITMA Spring Conference


19-21 March 2014

Katie Cameron
Tanya Buckley
Kana Enomoto
​Joanne Ling

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INTA Annual Meeting

Hong Kong10-14 May 2014 Katie CameronAngela FoxStephen JamesDavid MuskerTim Pendered ...

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