No break for KitKat
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No break for KitKat

The Court of Justice of the European Union has said that the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) must re-examine whether Nestlé’s KitKat shape (the four-fingered one) may remain registered as an EU trademark. We have previously reported on the confectionery issue here. In a press-release announcing the decision today, advocate-general Wathelet said that the…

Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth
201804.18
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Counterfeit cosmetics: the faecal truth

This week over $700,000 of counterfeit cosmetics were seized in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Piracy Unit coordinated a multi-agency raid with the FBI and Central Bureau Vice Unit. The taskforce raided multiple locations in and around the Santee Alley, which houses more than 150 fashion stores and is the design hub…

Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit
201804.13
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Adidas and Reebok in counterfeiting lawsuit

Adidas and Reebok have, together, filed a claim against 52 e-commerce sellers for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and unfair competition. The sporting goods retail giants are seeking $2m per seller per infringement, in an ambitious claim lodged in Florida earlier this week. The defendants to the claims are accused of dealing in imitations of the claimants’…