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Answers to 14 thorny questions: Directly from 7 QCs and solicitors of outstanding ability
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Trade Marks: Shaping new law into solution-focused advice for your clients
Chaired by: Robert Guthrie of Osborne Clarke
Robert successfully acted for Expedia on the registration of HOTELS.COM as an EU trade mark. He is "a first choice adviser for any brand protection work" and is a member of the EU Trade Mark Reform Task Force.
How do you establish acquired distinctiveness when surveys are out of fashion and expensive?
Is recognition enough?
Answered by: Jeremy Blum of Bristows
Jeremy represented Mondelez in its successful opposition to Nestlé's trademark application for the shape of the four finger KitKat. "He is a great strategist and tactician who comes up with winning arguments."
Drawing on live cases, what is the potency of the "own name," "intervening rights" and "non-use" defences for alleged infringers?
Answered by: Simon Malynicz QC
Simon is "one of the best in the country for trade mark cases." "His star continues to rise." He acted for Twentieth Century Fox in the Glee litigation which tested the validity of television series marks.
How are the rules on jurisdiction and national-based trade mark infringements playing out in the UK courts?
When can a website be said to "target" the UK/EU?
Answered by: Paul Joseph of RPC
Paul is an "accomplished deal-doer and seasoned litigator." He is actively assisting clients with trade mark licence agreements across multiple jurisdictions. He sits on the editorial board of the "Journal of IP Law and Practice."
Which way is the wind blowing for parallel imports?
Is there a widening of rights?
Is the Mitsubishi case making a difference?
Answered by: Douglas Campbell QC
Douglas is "a born litigator: fantastically driven and an exceptionally good orator." Cases include Frank v Nike, London Taxis v Metrocab, Veuve Clicquot v Polistas. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, particularly in intellectual property cases (including IPEC).
What is realistic and achievable for most brands when framing a blocking order for Internet trade mark infringement?
Answered by: Simon Baggs of Wiggin
Simon is "outstanding for ISP liability." He acted for Cartier, Montblanc-Simplo and Richemont in an appeal before the Supreme Court, over the blocking of subscriber access to websites selling counterfeit products.
Big Mac case
In the spotlight of the Big Mac case, what are the evidential requirements for proof of genuine use of a mark across jurisdictions?
Answered by: Nicholas Caddick QC
Nicholas is "an IP guru who is seriously impressive on his feet." He is co-author of ‘Caddick & Longstaff‘s User's Guide to Trade Marks and Passing Off’ and ‘Copinger & Skone James on Copyright’ and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Why are criminal prosecutions for selling of grey goods on the increase?
What factors distinguish a successful prosecution?
Answered by: Mark Kramer of Shoosmiths
Mark is advising easyGroup on the protection of its 'easy' family of brands, which includes easyJet, running cases before the Court of Appeal, High Court and IPEC. "He stands out for his creative solutions."
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