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EC finds widespread geo-blocking in EU e-commerce

European Commission findings on geo-blocking in EU e-commerce sector – implications for businesses

European Commission finds widespread geo-blocking practices in the EU e-commerce sector. We discuss the story so far and what businesses can expect.

21 April 2016
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Claimants ask CAT to check out Tesco’s restrictive covenant via fast-track procedure

Owners of land burdened by restrictive covenant prohibiting the sale of grocery items ask CAT to award damages and declare the covenant unenforceable.

26 February 2016
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Court grants further website blocking order against sites selling counterfeit products

High Court grants website blocking order but appeal in Cartier I is imminent

25 February 2016
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The new EU Trade Mark - Updated Guidance from OHIM

Getting ready for the new EU Trade Mark regime in force from 23 March 2016: actions that brand owners should be considering now.

17 February 2016
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OHIM issues clarification on CTM renewal fees

OHIM has issued clarification as to which renewal fees regime will apply on the renewal of Community Trade Marks

01 February 2016
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Kit Kat shape: not registrable as a UK trade mark

The High Court has rejected a trade mark application for the shape of a KIT KIT on the grounds that it lacks acquired distinctiveness.

21 January 2016
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New EU-wide trade secret regime imminent

A provisional agreement has been reached on a proposed Trade Secrets Directive, which intends to harmonise protection of trade secrets across the EU.

German Minister of Economics and Energy to approve merger of EDEKA and Tengelmann

German Minister of Economics announces intention to conditionally approve the proposed merger of EDEKA and Tengelmann by way of ministerial approval.

14 January 2016
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EU Regulation on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes effective as of 9 January 2016

Remember to implement link to ODR platform – EU Regulation on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes effective as of 9 January 2016.

08 January 2016
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ECJ rules that proposed Scottish minimum unit price for alcohol may be contrary to EU law

ECJ rules that legislation has the effect of significantly restricting the market and is inappropriate if tax measures would have the same effect.

07 January 2016
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EU Commission consults on European IP enforcement regime

The Commission has launched a consultation on the intellectual property enforcement regime and whether it remains ‘fit for purpose’.

04 January 2016
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Sparkling result for Roederer in Trademark Infringement Case

In an article in Luxury Briefing, David Rose and Charlotte Roe discuss the value of a brand's reputation in trade mark infringement cases following the CRISTAL case.

04 January 2016
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