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Brand Matters

Issue 25
7312Sally Britton, Partner, Dispute Resolution

Editor's note

Last week we launched our Retail Academy, a programme covering legal and commercial issues impacting the retail sector.

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UK's designs framework: a call for views on shaping the future

We recently explained here that in January 2022 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) published a Designs Framework Survey seeking views from designers on the UK designs system.

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Consultation on exhaustion of IP rights – no decision yet due to lack of data

The UKIPO has published the outcome of the Government's consultation on the framework of the UK's exhaustion of IP rights regime, deciding that, due to a lack of data, there should be no change to the regime - for now.

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Website Blocking Injunctions: an effective tool in tackling online infringement

On 10 February Anna Ward, a lawyer specialising in intellectual property infringement was joined by cyber Intelligence specialist Mark Tibbs and Benet Brandreth QC to discuss the main steps required to obtain a blocking injunction and the key issues the courts will consider.

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ASA publishes guidance for Cryptoasset Advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have published guidance on advertising cryptoassets.

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Climate-induced labour: why brands should be thinking about climate migrants

With the rise of the "eco-friendly" or "ethical" consumer, many of us are making more conscious choices about what products we buy and where we buy them from.

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Mishcon Academy: Digital Sessions – Climate Migration - Exploring legal solutions

Our Climate Migration podcast looks at the rapidly growing issue of people being displaced due to climate change and the resulting migration around the world.

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High Court awards £300,000 additional damages for infringement of unregistered design rights

The High Court has awarded an unprecedented sum of £300,000 in additional damages following its finding of a flagrant infringement of unregistered design rights in seven garment designs (Original Beauty v G4K).

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High Court finds likelihood of confusion between VAGISIL and VAGISAN brands

The High Court has delivered its ruling in respect of a trade mark dispute (Combe International v Dr Wolff) relating to feminine hygiene products.

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ASA imposes a further sanction against consistent rule-breaking influencers.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) rules state that it must be obvious to consumers before they read, ‘like’ or otherwise interact with a social media post if what they are engaging with is advertising.

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New Year - new boilerplates needed for your contracts?

Following the UK Law Commission's (Commission) call for evidence on smart legal contracts, the Commission has concluded in its advice to the Government (Advice) that legislative reform to the current legal framework is unnecessary: English law is able "to facilitate and support the use of smart legal contracts".

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IP created by employees: who owns it?

A recent Court of Appeal decision, Penhallurick v MD5 Ltd, highlights the importance of ensuring that businesses secure ownership of any software and other copyright works created by employees that they may wish to exploit.

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