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Trademark enforcement lessons: ZANA, Zara and PR

Stop the Press! 'HOUSE OF ZANA' has been found to be different from 'ZARA'.  To many, this will not have come as a surprise.  When trademark applications are opposed, applicants (and/or their representatives) are familiar with the argument “the marks only differ by one letter”.  Increasingly, that argument does not bear much weight at the UK IPO Tribunal Section.

By Luke Portnow,
Trademark enforcement lessons: ZANA, Zara and PR
Webinars & events

Webinar: Smart IP

On 1 June, Novagraaf's Luke Portnow and Thomsen Trampedach's Markus Rouvinen provided useful take-home points and experiences on implementing smart solutions to current IP challenges in private practice and in-house.

Webinar: Smart IP
News & opinion

The caterpillar is still hungry for a ‘lookalike’ decision

The legal dispute between Marks & Spencer and Aldi over their rival Colin the Caterpillar and Cuthbert the Caterpillar birthday cakes was the source of many headlines and Twitter posts in 2021. Luke Portnow explains what the supermarket chains' decision to settle out of court means for the UK's law of 'passing off' post-Brexit.

By Luke Portnow,
The caterpillar is still hungry for a ‘lookalike’ decision

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