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WBD advises Vertu Motors plc on new acquisition

07 Dec 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Vertu Motors plc, a leading automotive retailer in the UK, on its c£18.7 million acquisition of BMW, MINI and Motorrad dealerships in Durham, Malton, Sunderland, Teesside and York from Inchcape. The acquisition expands the group into a new division, adding BMW and MINI to its existing offering.
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The Hajdu Halloumi decision – collective marks as badges of origin

04 Dec 2020
As the UK prepares to depart from the EU, it will introduce shortly a national regime for the protection of geographical indicators. Against this background, it is interesting to read how the scope of registered collective marks was interpreted widely by the High Court so as to defeat a UK trade mark application that had incorporated the entirety of an earlier collective mark as only one of its elements. The decision demonstrates how, despite being subject to the general rules pertaining to trade marks, collective marks can be useful and powerful assets. It also serves as a reminder of the approach to be adopted when assessing the extent to be which collective marks might share visual, aural and/or conceptual similarity with other marks.
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Court finds no 'classic' bait and switch selling where there is no confusion

20 Nov 2020
'Bait and switch' selling is the act of marketing certain goods, but then substituting alternative goods when such goods are supplied. At its broadest, it is any attempt to get customers to accept something different from what originally attracted them. Such acts may be restrained if they are deemed to constitute an actionable misrepresentation.
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Spotlight thrown onto imaging orders – Court of Appeal issues warning shot

08 Oct 2020
With advances in forensic tools, it has become increasingly common for courts to grant imaging orders (in support of search orders) for the quick and comprehensive preservation of electronically stored data on hard drives, laptops, etc. An advantage of imaging orders is that they allow the search process to be far less intrusive and disruptive for the business/premises that are being searched. On the other hand, a disadvantage is that the imaging process does not discriminate between documents that pertain to the issues of the proceedings and are covered by the search orders from documents that are irrelevant and/or privileged.
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Court tells 'Nosecco' to leave it to the pro's

26 Aug 2020
The association responsible for protecting and promoting the use of the name 'Prosecco' – Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco (the "Consorzio") – has successfully opposed the registration in the UK of a stylised label containing the word NOSECCO (the "Sign") in class 32, for non-alcoholic wines and non-alcoholic sparkling wines.