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Grey goods in the UK: The practical significance of R v C

Kingsley Egbuonu, London


The UK Supreme Court’s decision in R v C that there is criminal liability for dealing in grey goods which the trade mark owner has not authorised for sale has been hailed as great news for brand owners. Anna Carboni, Darren Meale and Arty Rajendra give their opinion on whether it catches parallel imports and what it means for brand owners, grey goods dealers and enforcement authorities

This criminal case concerns branded goods that were legitimately manufactured outside the European single market with the consent of the trade mark owners but not authorised to be sold or distributed anywhere in the world. The defendants challenged the criminal...


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