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Bonita has over 20 years of experience specialising in IP, with a particular focus on brands and designs disputes. The reported cases Bonita has worked on include The London Taxi Corporation Ltd (t/a The London Taxi Company) v Frazer-Nash Research Ltd & Anor  EWHC 52 (Ch) (20 January 2016), Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp  EWHC 185 (Ch) and Hasbro Inc & Ors v 123 Nahrmittel GmbH & Anor  EWHC 199 (Ch).
Bonita is an active member of ITMA and has written over 40 articles on IP issues which have been published in various industry and professional journals.
Bonita also leads the IP and Tech Practice group of the Pangea Net international network of independent law firms.
If a company uses a trade mark on a product without permission and the trade mark proprietor does not object to the use, but requests that permission be sought for any future use, does the trade mark proprietor have any liability if someone is injured using the product? Can the trade mark proprietor issue a statement excluding liability for such risk?
What are the requirements for challenging the registration of a UK trade mark based on bad faith? What types of behaviour have been held to constitute bad faith and what sort of evidence might be adduced in support of a claim that a trade mark has been applied for in bad faith? Is there any difference in the position for EU trade marks?
What impact will the UK’s decision to leave the EU have on the current regime which protects geographical indications? How will this affect the ability of UK manufacturers to protect the status of iconic foods like Cornish pasties and Melton Mowbray pork pies? What measures will need to be implemented in order to ensure that they are protected after Brexit and to avoid the sale of cheap imitations from Europe?
What impact will the UK’s decision to leave the EU have on the rules governing parallel imports and the exhaustion of rights? Will the position differ depending on whether or not the UK is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA)? How are the changes likely to affect brand owners and those who import branded goods into the UK?
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Law LLB, University of Birmingham
IP Diploma, University of Bristol
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