UK Court of Appeal slams ECJ stance

The UK Court of Appeal hasfollowed last year’s Court ofJustice of the European Union(ECJ) ruling in L’Oréal v Bellure,which stated that unfairadvantage does not require alikelihood of confusion ordetriment to the mark. However,Lord Justice Jacob made it clear hewas not happy about having to“muzzle” commercial free speech,a move that he argued “amountsto a pointless monopoly”.

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