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In brief: Claimants succeed in joining new defendants to trade mark infringement case (Lifestyle Equities v Sports Direct.com)

Published on: 13 February 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • In brief: Claimants succeed in joining new defendants to trade mark infringement case (Lifestyle Equities v Sports Direct.com)
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IP & IT analysis: This application arose in the context of a claim for infringement of two EU trade mark registrations and a UK trade mark registration in respect of certain activities by the defendants in relation to clothing and shower gels. The claimants applied to add several new defendants into the claim relating to the shower gels, and the court was asked to consider whether it had jurisdiction to hear a claim in respect of the proposed seventh defendant (a company incorporated in Spain), whether the gels claim should be stayed, and whether the trial date should be re-listed. The master concluded that the claimants had reasonable grounds for their claims against all the new defendants. He also held that the court had jurisdiction to hear the claim against the Spanish company, that a separate hearing should be held to determine the issue of the stay, and that the trial should be re-listed on the first available date convenient to the parties after 1 October 2017. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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