- Passing off claim for use of term ‘mutual’ dismissed (Military Mutual Ltd v Police Mutual Assurance Society Ltd and others)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
IP analysis: The IPEC has dismissed a claim for passing off in a case where the claimant attempted to argue that use of the word ‘mutual’ in a trading name amounted to passing off because the relevant defendants were not mutual societies within the meaning of that term. The judge noted that this was the first case in which a claimant attempted to argue passing off in relation to goodwill associated with a service, rather than a product.
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