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SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 2016
Mercks clash in court; German pharma company bests US corporation

Last Friday, before the Chancery Division of the High Court, England and Wales, the German-based pharma company bearing the name Merck won a trade mark infringement action against the United States company of the same name, having established that the defendant's use of the word MERCK by itself in the United Kingdom, whether online or offline, was in breach of a well-established coexistence agreement between the two.

The judgment is a long and complex one, and we will return to this decision in due course.  Meanwhile, you can read about the decision in the Pharma Letter here, and can access the full transcript here.

This decision, in what is one of a number of trade mark-related actions pending between the two Mercks, is expected to be appealed.

Posted by: Blog Administrator @ 11.13
Tags: trade mark infringement, coexistence agreement,
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