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Temporary Reduction in UK Stamp Duty Land Tax

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

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.

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

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

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

Commission announces first raft of legislation under Digital Single Market Strategy

The Commission introduces legislation harmonising copyright law, contracts for digital content and e-commerce in the internal market.

French Competition Authority abandons Nintendo pricing policy proceedings

FCA abandons proceedings against Nintendo for RPM in the French video games sector.

10 December 2015

German Minister of Economics reviews FCO’s objections against proposed merger of retail chains EDEKA and Tengelmann

The German Minister of Economics reviews the FCO’s objections to EDEKA’s proposed acquisition of Tengelmann and is to issue his final decision shortly.

03 December 2015

German FCO opens proceedings against Apple and Amazon audiobook units

FCO probes whether the distribution agreement between Audible, the audiobook unit of Amazon, and Apple infringes competition rules.

18 November 2015

Sparkling result for Roederer in trade mark case

Roederer has been successful in a trade mark infringement case relating to Cristal champagne.

05 November 2015

UK Government consults again on copyright term for industrially produced artistic works

UK Government issues fresh consultation on timing of repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988.

An end to 'figurative figleaves'?

OHIM and National Offices issue common practice on figurative marks.

07 October 2015

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