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  • Consumer Rights Bill passes second reading without a division

    Fiona Carter

    The second reading of the Consumer Rights Bill was debated by MPs in the House of Commons yesterday (28 January 2014). The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable opened the debate describing the proposed reforms as ‘pro-consumer’ and ‘pro business’. He said the aim was to simplify and strengthen consumer laws […]

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  • Consumer Rights Bill introduced to Parliament

    Fiona Carter

    The Consumer Rights Bill, published yesterday and having its second reading debate on Tuesday, heralds the most significant overhaul of consumer law in decades. Intended to clarify and simplify consumer rights, the Bill will change and consolidate much of existing consumer law in the UK including rules on unfair terms and rights and remedies for […]

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  • revised consumer contracts and consumer protection regulations pub...

    Fiona Carter

    For all those who have been watching out today for the repeal of the so called Distance Selling and Door Step Selling Regulations and the implementation provisions of the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83), Friday 13 turns out to be not such a bad day for business. Following the consultation period revised versions of the Consumer […]

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  • ‘relevant public’ key to lack of similarity with Volvo trade mark

    Declan Cushley

    An OHIM decision to dismiss Volvo’s opposition to a figurative sign Community trade mark containing the word SOLVO has been upheld by the EU General Court. The SOLVO application covered class 9 goods to Volvo’s registration – computer programs for warehouse management systems and for container terminal systems. There was no likelihood of similarity between […]

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  • Puma application for invalidity of RCD upheld by General Court

    Susie Orton

    The General Court upheld the OHIM’s decision that a registered community design (RCD) of a jumping animal was invalid on the basis that it did not have individual character. The court rejected the claim that there were substantial differences between the RCD and the Puma logo concluding whether it was a domestic cat or wild […]

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  • Court of Appeal upholds the cancellation of Mattel’s Scrabble tile...

    Susie Orton

    The Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision to cancel Mattel’s UK registration for a Scrabble tile. No examples of how the Scrabble tile might ultimately look were given in the registration. Zynga, who applied for cancellation suggested several options that show the large number of permutations that the registration could cover. These include 3M, […]

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  • Court of Appeal reverses Cadbury purple trade mark decision

    Ryan Harrison

    The Court of Appeal has taken a u-turn on an earlier decision, granting Cadbury a trade mark registration for a shade of purple (Pantone 2685C) synonymous with its Dairy Milk chocolate bar. In the present case, Sir John Mummery stated the mark “lacks the required clarity, precision, self-containment, durability and objectivity to qualify for registration”. […]

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  • A sticky situation – is this Marmite ad offensive?

    Oliver Sweeney

    The advert, first aired during Coronation Street last night, depicts Marmite jars being “rescued” from the backs of cupboards, in a parody of animal welfare patrol action. The ASA has already received 250 complaints, including that the ad is ‘deeply offensive’ as it ‘trivializes’ the work of both animal welfare charities and child protection agencies. […]

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  • patent infringement threats!

    Mark Daniels

    If you’re unjustifiably threatened with patent infringement and cease activities as a result, you can in certain circumstances bring an action and recover damages. That’s precisely what happened here. Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GbmH, a well known manufacturer of organic pigments wrote to Sudarshan Chemical Industries Ltd (another such manufacturer) about one of Sudarshan’s products, saying: […]

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  • commission orders repayment of illegal state aid provided to Spani...

    Alex Kynoch

    The Commission has released a decision today stating that a Spanish scheme for the purchase of ships through leasing and financing is “partly incompatible” with the rules on state aid. The effect of the decision is that Spain must recover the elements of aid which were illegal with the actual amounts to be determined by […]

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