Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?
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Can Suppliers Prevent Distributors Selling on Third Party Websites – CJEU to Decide?

In an age where the importance and influence of the internet on retail is continuously on the rise, retailers, particularly those of brands aiming to build a reputation of luxury, may find themselves wondering to what extent they can stop or control how customers and distributors sell their products. The outcome of a recent referral…

Monster’s Claws Clipped by Mad Cat
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Monster’s Claws Clipped by Mad Cat

Monster Energy Drinks have become increasingly popular over the last 3 years. Readers will likely recognise their branded energy drink cans with 3 green vertical slashes down the side. The slash symbol is registered as an EU Trade Mark, and Monster recently unsuccessfully attempted to use that mark to oppose an application by Mad Catz…

Plagiarism – the greatest form of flattery?
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Plagiarism – the greatest form of flattery?

Following the announcement on Monday that Donald Trump had officially been chosen as the Republican party’s nominee for president his wife, Melania, delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention.  The speech provided Melania with an opportunity to speak about her husband’s values and was well received by supporters. However, soon after her speech journalists,…

Putting the Consumer in the Brand
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Putting the Consumer in the Brand

Consumers have long been draw to specific products due to the ‘brand’.  Brand in this sense encompasses the get up, badges or indicators of origin including registered trade marks.  Individual consumers, particularly those in younger age groups, have recently come to expect bespoke and interactive experiences in terms of how brand owners market and sell…