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Chocolate Bar Moulds – Design Registration for “Snap Bar Mould” Held Invalid

On 22nd January 2024, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) issued a decision on a case which called into question the validity of a "snap bar mould", the subject of UK design registration no. 6136045 in the name of Paul Cardy (Mr Cardy). The design application had been filed on 10th May 2021 and showed a single image of a ‘"5-celled silicone snap bar mould". The illustration under the design registration was depicted below: A "snap bar" is a bar…

Sole Freedom: The Question of the Foot Patch Design

On 22nd January 2024 a decision was taken by the UK IPO regarding the validity of a registered design no 6196574 in the name of UAB ORBIO WORLD (UAB). The registered design was filed on the 15th March 2022, showing a ‘cosmetic patch’. The main illustration of the design is depicted below: The invalidity action was filed by MB ‘VIZUALI RECLAMA’ (MB) on 14th July 2022 on the basis that the product depicted in the registered design created the same…

Lifestyle Equities CV v Amazon UK Services Ltd – Territorial Trade Mark Boundaries Must Apply to Online Retailers

On 6th March 2024, the giant retail platform Amazon was defeated by a Supreme Court decision which ruled Amazon had infringed UK and EU trade marks by targeting British consumers from  its US "amazon.com" website. This case was brought by Lifestyle Equities, who own registered trade marks in the UK and the EU for the words ‘Beverly Hills Polo Club’ and its logo. It was brought at a date when the UK was still part of the EU and although…

The “1984” Trade Mark Dispute – Be Careful When Choosing Your Grounds

The book "1984" by George Orwell is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most thought-provoking books ever written. In the modern day we are already experiencing some of the societal aspects that Orwell had predicted way back in 1949 when he penned the book, such as mass surveillance. Fast forward to February 2024 and a trade mark dispute concerning the right to register "1984" was decided, with an award being made in favour of the Orwell Estate.…
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