The following IP guidance note Produced in partnership with Sarah Hadland of S.H. & Associates provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.
Businesses seeking to prevent competitors gaining an unfair advantage through the use of misleading advertisements or copycat products have to rely on a combination of different rights. Historically, passing off has played a key role in preventing unfair business practices but a passing off claim has its limitations and the advent of the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 (BPR 2008), SI 2008/1276 has been a useful addition in the fight against unfair business practices.
BPR 2008 prohibit advertising that misleads traders. They also set out the extent to which comparative advertising, whether addressed to traders or consumers, is permitted. BPR 2008 came into force alongside the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPUTR 2008), 2008/1277 and should be considered in tandem with CPUTR 2008 when business practices potentially impact on consumers. See Practice Note: Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
For more information about policing copycat products, see Practice Note: Dealing with lookalike products.
For more information about comparative advertising, see Practice Note: Comparative advertising.
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