Boca Cafe blues: Bocobar v Boca Bistro Cafe

This passing-off case is the first judgment since the rebrand of the former Patents County Court, now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).

The judgment highlights the overriding objective of the IPEC, which is to assist small and medium enterprises in resolving their intellectual property disputes at low cost, without forcing the litigants to enter into procedurally costly fights.

The claimant operates a bar, restaurant and gallery in south-east Bristol under the name BOCABAR, which has had a turnover of more than £1m per annum. The claimant uses the mark BOCA as the name of its meals and services (for example Boca pizza). The claimant formally operated two food businesses (from 2003–07) in Bristol under the names Bocacina and Bocanova…

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