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When the content is the trademark

Karen Bolipata, Washington DC


In 2000, a bookstore owner in the UK found a poster in the shop with the words “Keep Calm and Carry On.” The owner hung it in the store and, when customers inquired about it, began selling copies. Since then, the phrase and the lone graphic—the crown of King George VI­­—have become iconic. Others have even registered the phrase as a trademark.

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@EIP_Elements @ReddieGrose Makes sense in principle. But patent owners might be aggrieved if they had to pay additional (renewal) fees!

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@ReddieGrose Also Sir Robin's discomfort with Bellure http://t.co/ZOqbCSCdve #smellalike

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@ReddieGrose Yes, seems reasonable. Can think of some judges who might like to be free of CJEU precedent on eg TM exhaustion & confusion!

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