Last Thursday's JIPLP-GRUR Int seminar on Passing Off and Unfair Competition, kindly hosted in the London office of international law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP, was a most instructive affair as well as a thoroughly enjoyable one. Baker & McKenzie partner and JIPLP contributor Ben Allgrove laid out the structure of modern passing off law, following which Gert Würtenberger (partner, Würtenberger Kunze, Munich, JIPLP editorial board member and GRUR member) spoke on the development of the German law on unfair competition and its current scope.
After a break for a little reflection, panellists Birgit Clark and Professors Phillip Johnson and Christopher Wadlow, chaired by newly-appointed Intellectual Property Enterprise Judge Richard Hacon QC, examined the relative advantages and disadvantages of the two doctrines and then opened discussion to the participants -- among whom were some very knowledgeable and experienced IP practitioners and theoreticians.
You can access Ben Allgrove's PowerPoint presentation here or download it here
Gert Würtenberger's PowerPoint presentation can be accessed here or downloaded here
CPD: this event was accredited for 2 hours and 15 minutes. For the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the authorisation code is 009/BAMC.