Brand Matters

Brand Matters

Issue 14
5467Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Brand Matters.

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Brexit and IP rights: No Deal planning update

The government and UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have taken a number of steps to reassure rights owners that their rights will continue to be protected in the UK post-Exit Day in a No Deal scenario.

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9450Global expansion, ethical water, CBD, the world's best chocolate company and lots of sleep! Award winning MDR Brand Management celebrates its one year anniversary

Award winning MDR Brand Management celebrates its one year anniversary

In its first year, MDR Brand Management has successfully built a diverse client roster which has accounted for over $600 million in retail sales in 2019.

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9455Nintendo obtains novel blocking injunction

Nintendo obtains novel blocking injunction

On 10 September 2019, Arnold J issued judgment granting a ground-breaking blocking website blocking order to Nintendo Co., Ltd, the seller of the popular Nintendo Switch games console.

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9458Brexit update: EU Nationals in the UK

Brexit update: EU Nationals in the UK

In the last edition of Brand Matters, we reported on steps to take in relation to EU nationals in the UK in a No Deal scenario.

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9520Advocate General Opinion in Sky v SkyKick

Advocate General Opinion in Sky v SkyKick

Advocate-General Tanchev has issued his Opinion dealing with the questions raised by the English High Court in Sky v SkyKick.

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9460Court refers questions on first disclosure of designs to CJEU

Court refers questions on first disclosure of designs to CJEU

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has referred the important question of what counts as a first disclosure of a design for the purposes of qualification for Unregistered Community Design (UCD) to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU).

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7614No 'Monopoly' rights for re-filed trade marks

No 'Monopoly' rights for re-filed trade marks

A recent EUIPO Board of Appeal decision could impact the validity of countless EU and EU national trade marks, following what we understand to be only its third oral hearing in 23 years, underlining the significance of this case.

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7675Social Media and Influencers: ASA Surveys Consumer Understanding

Social Media and Influencers: ASA Surveys Consumer Understanding

Earlier this year, social media stars including Alexa Chung and Millie Mackintosh, provided voluntary undertakings to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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7613Choosing a brand: the importance of considering goodwill and reputation

Choosing a brand: the importance of considering goodwill and reputation

The recent IPEC decision in Claridge's Hotel Limited v Claridge Candles Limited and Anor serves as a reminder that if an earlier trade mark holder has a substantial reputation its rights may extend beyond the goods and services for which its trade mark is registered.

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7673Public consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation: brand battle lines are drawn

Public consultation on the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation: brand battle lines are drawn

We previously reported on the European Commission's consultation on the functioning of the current Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ("VBER") and the accompanying guidelines. The Commission has recently published responses to this consultation.

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7599Lessons from Red Bull's colour combination trade mark

Lessons from Red Bull's colour combination trade mark

In the final instalment of Red Bull’s long-standing efforts to register its combination of the colours blue and silver as a trade mark for “energy drinks”, the CJEU has upheld the General Court's finding that the trade mark was not valid, dismissing Red Bull's appeal.

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