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As we await a decision on this trademark case from the UK Supreme Court, Tristan Sherliker of Bird & Bird predicts wide-ranging implications for future ‘bad faith’ cases.
After seven years, the die is now finally cast for Sky and SkyKick after the Supreme Court hearing concluded on Thursday, June 29.
The panel of five judges heard submissions from both sides and, briefly, the view from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO).
How much this will matter to the world is hard to say. IP lawyers like to keep our field comfortably separate from other disciplines. We operate in a narrow, sometimes abstruse world of intangibles governed by a blend of international treaties and national glosses on them. Other disciplines will rarely reach for an IP case—why would they want to?
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Trademarks, Sky, SkyKick, UK Supreme Court, bad faith