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It has been another busy year for IP firms in Scotland, with plenty of strategic advice and litigation briefs coming their way. The Scottish economy and trademark scene are closely linked, and the food and beverage sector continues to play a major part in both. A recent landmark decision in a dispute between Hendricks Gin and Lidl could lead to a major uptick in IP litigation, as the Court of Appeal confirmed that a UK-wide interim interdict order can be granted by the Scottish IP Court. Now that brands can gain UK-wide protection, they may see this as an opportunity to bring infringement proceedings in Scotland’s rights holder-friendly courts to utilise the many benefits on offer, including flat rate fees.
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