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IP practitioners will need to update their textbooks on trademark and design rights after the Court of Appeal handed down two judgments within a week.
IP sets 11 South Square and Hogarth Chambers were the all-round winners, with their respective top silks Henry Carr QC and Roger Wyand QC taking the leading roles in both cases.
The country's second highest court dismissed L'Oreal's appeal against makers of copycat fragrances and gave its first clear guidance on the Community Design Right by overturning Procter & Gamble's earlier packaging design win against Reckitt Benckiser in the High Court.
In a rare move, Lord Justice Jacob referred questions to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in L'Oreal v Bellure to clarify the law on unfair advantage in lookand smell-alike fragrances. Unfair advantage is the act of using a prestigious trademark to market your own products.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner Hamish Porter, who is acting for defendants Starion International and Malaika Investments, said: "The Continental system of unfair advantage runs counter to the English approach of free competition, particularly in comparative advertising."