Walton International Ltd and another v Verweij Fashion BV

Trade mark – Infringement. The Chancery Division considered a claim and counterclaim in relation to a number of EU and UK trade marks relating to the use of the word GIORDANO in relation to clothing, bags, and eyewear. The court held that all but one of the trade marks in consideration should be revoked for non-use by the claimant. The remaining trade mark was not invalid on the ground that its application had been made in bad faith, but was invalid on relative grounds. It followed that the defendant had not infringed any of the trade marks, and that the claimants were liable for passing off.

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