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Brexit and exhaustion of rights

10 Aug 2020
Parallel trade is the import (and export) of genuine goods protected by intellectual property ("IP") rights, and occurs where the IP rights are said to have been 'exhausted' – where the goods are put on the relevant market by, or with the consent of, the IP-right owner.
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Brexit and trade marks

01 Aug 2020
For the past two decades, rather than having to seek only country by country protection through the separate national offices of the member states, prospective right-holders can now obtain – via a single application – a registration that, once granted, covers automatically all of the European Union ("EU") member states. Being a multi-jurisdictional unitary right, the scope of protection of an EU trade mark ("EUTM") is indivisible. Its nature is tied directly to what constitutes the single market of the EU, underpinning the development of "Fortress Europe" so as to facilitate the free movement of goods and to give broad protection for rights-holders through the grant of EU-wide injunctions against infringers. 
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Sky is (almost) the limit for brand owners

29 Apr 2020
Following a reference from the High Court of Justice in England & Wales ("High Court"), the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") has confirmed that a lack of clarity and precision in the terms used to designate the goods and services is not an independent ground for declaring a trade mark registration to be  invalid. Whilst the CJEU ruling has been criticised subsequently for avoiding some of the key issues, it did rule that an application made without any intention to use that trade mark in relation to the goods and services specified, can constitute bad faith.