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BVLGARI – trademark with secondary meaning

In a recent judgement (B-151/2018, 4 February 2020), the Swiss Federal Administrative Court held that while the sign BVLGARI is a geographical reference to Bulgaria, it is nevertheless subject to trademark protection as it has acquired secondary meaning.

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NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

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Sidleys hits top spot for US debt and equity deals

The newly merged Sidley Austin Brown & Wood has won out as the leading law firm advising on US investment banking and capital markets deals. The firm is the leading adviser to both issuers and managers in US debt, equity and equity-related deals, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. Sidleys picked up 12 per […]

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