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High Court decides TITANIC trademark dispute
In Property Renaissance Ltd v Stanley Dock Hotel Ltd, a multi-faceted dispute concerning the right to use TITANIC for hotel and spa services, the High Court has considered, among other things, the principles applicable to a hearing officer's discretion to admit evidence and the own name defence under Section 11(2) of the Trademarks Act.
Sweden
Supreme Court vastly reduces amount of damages for lost profits in trademark infringement case
In the longstanding dispute between Bringwell and Cederroth, the Supreme Court has reduced the amount of damages awarded to Cederroth for lost profits to Skr3,65 million - a vast reduction compared to the amount awarded by the lower courts. Cederroth had previously been restrained from using its MULTITOTAL mark on the ground that such use infringed Bringwell’s MIVITOTAL mark, but had been awarded Skr20 million in damages for lost profits on appeal.
European Union
ECJ's Brandconcern decision shows importance of clarity in registration to avoid claims of non-use
In Brandconcern v EUIPO, the ECJ has found that the General Court had not erred in accepting proof of use of the mark LAMBRETTA, despite the fact that the mark had apparently been registered for all goods under Class 12 with questionable evidence of use for these goods. The decision might have been quite different had the mark been registered post-IP TRANSLATOR.

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29 Mar 2017
US hit hardest by ICT counterfeits; estimated 24% of video game consoles shipped internationally are fake
New research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has revealed that counterfeit information and communication technology (ICT) products account for 6.5% of overall ICT trade, with almost 43% of seized counterfeits infringing the IP rights of US companies. Worryingly for those tasked with protecting brands in the sector, the OECD estimates that almost a quarter of video game consoles and controllers shipped internationally are fakes.
29 Mar 2017
As ‘Brexit Day’ arrives, now is the time for brands to identify what IP rights could be affected
The United Kingdom government officially triggered article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant – and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.
28 Mar 2017
Study finds senior executives fear trademark infringement, but will they loosen enforcement purse strings?
New research has revealed that 80% of C-level executives feel that trademark infringement is on the rise, with more than half reporting that their organisation has initiated legal action against third parties in a bid to defend their brands. While a useful insight into the concerns of senior management, the challenge for counsel is turning this into budgetary support for trademark enforcement endeavours.

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