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Lizzie Sergeant summarises the circumstances that saw a celebrity lose out. O/345/19, FERNE BEAUTY (Invalidity), UK IPO, 19th June 2019.
This wasn’t the case for the Applicant, explains Louise Foster. O/363/19, ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019.
The choice to abandon an opposition ground is examined by Ryan Kellingray. B 3 048 470, Abercrombie & Fitch Europe Sagl v Tarkan Soner Sevinçli, EUIPO, 23rd July 2019
Amelia Skelding is reminded that small differences can have a big impact. B 2 686 593, Certina AG v TRB International SA, EUIPO, 30th July 2019.
Emily Scott reviews a counterfeit case transferred from Small Claims.  EWHC 1902 (IPEC), NXP BV v ID Management Systems, High Court, 31st July 2019.