- A trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought by a sports governing body against a would-be sports governing body (British Amateur Gymnastics Association v UK Gymnastics)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
IP analysis: This was a claim brought by British Gymnastics, the national governing body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the UK, against defendants who were operating a business under the name ‘UK Gymnastics’ that was in effect seeking to provide some of the same functions as an NGB, such as hosting events, offering training etc, and was holding itself out as an NGB for the sport of gymnastics. British Gymnastics brought a claim under section 10(2) and section 10(3) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (TMA 1994) and under passing off, all of which were successful. Written by Charlotte Blythe, barrister at Hogarth Chambers.
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