Dentists defeat fashion giant that cried “snap” over croc logo – The Times

Posted January 3rd, 2008 in news, trade marks by sally

“It was a battle that pitted a dental practice in the suburbs of Cheltenham against the might of a global fashion corporation – all because of the grinning crocodile on the surgery’s sign. And the dentists have won. For the second time in a year, a trademark judge has overruled the objections of the French clothing giant Lacoste to the crocodile symbol that adorns a private dentist’s surgery in Gloucestershire.”

Full story

The Times, 3rd January 2008


Kitfix Swallow Group Ltd v Great Gizmos Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted December 19th, 2007 in law reports, stay of proceedings, trade marks by sally

Kitfix Swallow Group Ltd v Great Gizmos Ltd

“Where English trademark proceedings, in which there was a counterclaim for revocation, were running concurrently with validity proceedings in the Office for the Harmonisation in the Internal Market, there was no presumption that the English proceedings would be stayed.”

The Times, 19th December 2007


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Making a mark may be easier – The Times

Posted October 2nd, 2007 in news, trade marks by sally

“Trademark law changed yesterday morning. Given the importance of brands these days, this development could be very significant. Edward Fennell reports.”

Full story

The Times, 2nd October 2007


Consultation on fast track processing of Patents & Trade Marks – UK Intellectual Property Office

Posted September 24th, 2007 in consultations, patents, trade marks by sally

“The Gowers Report on Intellectual Property recommended that the UK Intellectual Property Office provide new accelerated services for processing patent and trade mark applications. We have considered these recommendations and are now consulting on proposed new fast track services for patents and trade marks, both of which will be available to all applicants upon payment of a fee.”

Consultation Document (pdf and Word)

UK Intellectual Property Office, 21st September 2007


UKIPO offers trade mark rule change guidance –

Posted August 23rd, 2007 in news, trade marks by sally

“The UK Intellectual Property Office will be offering advice and practical help on forthcoming changes to the Trade Marks Act in a series of events being held around the country this September.”

Full story, 22nd August 2007


Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. and Others v. Vetplus Ltd – Times Law Reports

Comparative advertisements must not be misleading

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and Others v Vetplus Ltd

Court of Appeal

“No interim injunction would issue to inhibit comparative advertising, whereby one trader promoted his goods over those of a rival, unless the claimant could show the advertising was misleading and he would probably win a permanent injunction at trial.”

The Times, 27th June 2007


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Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. and ors v. Vetplus Ltd. – WLR Daily

Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd. and ors v. Vetplus Ltd. [2007] EWCA Civ 584

“Where a trader sought to publish in comparative advertising the results of tests of a rival trader’s product, an important issue of freedom of expression was engaged, even though the comparative advertising would be aimed at diverting trade from one trader to another; and therefore the court would not grant an interim injunction to prevent such publication unless the court was satisfied that the applicant would succeed at trial in obtaining a final injunction.”

WLR Daily, 20th June 2007


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.