Trade Marks – Case Law
Case law comprises the reported decisions of selected appellate and other courts (called courts of first impression) which make new interpretations of the law and, therefore, can be cited as precedents. In England and Wales, courts decide the law applicable to a case by interpreting statutes and applying precedents which record how and why prior cases have been decided.
As with every statutory intellectual property right, a good deal of case law has arisen in relation to the law and practice of registered trade marks. A selection of the more important and most recent decisions of the English High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords, now the Supreme Court, appear below.
Arsenal Football Club plc v. Matthew Reed – Court of Appeal – 21 May 2003
Dennis Woodman v. French Connection Ltd – Trade Mark Registry – 17 May 2006
Google France SARL & Ors v. Louis Vuitton Malletier SA & Ors – ECJ – 23 March 2010
L’Oréal SA & Ors v. Bellure NV & Ors – Court of Appeal – 21 May 2010
L’Oreal SA & Ors v. EBay International AG & Ors – High Court ChD – 22 May 2009