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Between 2014 and 2019 Banksy applied and registered 14 European Union trade marks for some of his most famous artworks. However, over the last 2 years several of these registrations have been subject to invalidity actions filed by Full Colour Black Limited, a greetings card company...


By Rachel Platts

Retail Scanner


Issue 10 - August 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of the Retail Scanner, where we cover the latest IP news and issues in the retail sector. In this newsletter we cover a variety of different topics, including Banksy's trade marks, BareMinerals v BareFace Minerals, Oatly v Glebe Farms, new technologies and what they mean for the business of cosmetics and skincare. We also look at cases, such as Morbier, Oatly slogan, vegan food fight for Impossible Burger and cover The Internet of Things, explaining the challenges it brings to the privacy of those caught in this inter-connected digital world.

In March 2020, Shiseido Americas Corporation (“SAC”) filed an application to invalidate UK registration No. 3114196 “BareFace Minerals” in the name of Bareface Cosmetics Limited (“BCL”). The mark was registered in 2015 and covers cosmetics in Class 3...


By Lauren Richardson

Oatly filed proceedings at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (“IPEC”), a specialist division of the High Court claiming trade mark infringement and passing-off of both its “OATLY” trade mark and its product packaging. The case was heard at the IPEC in June, and a decision is expected in the next few days...


By Claire Jones

Recently, there has been news in the press that an international skin care company was suspected of copying ideas regarding personalised cosmetics from a young startup it held talks with regarding financing. Instead of investing in the startup, a few weeks later the global player released its own personalised cosmetics product line...


By Olivia Petter

In the past 6 months a number of very interesting decisions were handed down by different European courts and IP offices which we would like to draw your attention to. The main thing they have in common is that they relate to the food sector...


By Kasper Radstake

Among the various lockdown viewing options offered by Netflix is a series of animated short stories called “Love, Death and Robots”, which span a breath of genres, from comedy, horror to Sci-Fi and fantasy...


Emily Nousios