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Month: March 2024

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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