The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office successful in passing off action

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has settled an action for passing off against two companies alleged to have issued official looking letters offering to renew patent and trade mark registrations for a fee significantly higher than the fee charged by the IPO. The two companies, Patent and Trade Mark […]Read More »

The High Court refuses leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in the MARIE CLAIRE trade mark case.

A long running dispute in Ireland concerning ownership of the MARIE CLAIRE trade mark in respect of clothing has finally been resolved. In a judgement delivered on July 21 2014, Mr. Justice Barrett of the Irish Commercial Court refused  an application by Marie Claire Netherlands B.V(MCN)  for leave  to appeal […]Read More »

Supreme Court dismiss appeal in Karen Millen v Dunnes Stores – Community Design Rights

Following up on our post in June this year on the CJEU decision (Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores, Dunnes Stores (Limerick) Ltd) in relation to how the so-called “individual character” of a design is to be assessed, the legal skirmish between the parties is now over after almost six years. […]Read More »