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parallel Imports - what brand and IP owners need to know

3 October 2019

Parallel importers seek to exploit price differentials for goods sold in different countries. The EU principle of exhaustion of rights prevents businesses from enforcing their IP rights to restrict this secondary trade within the EU if the goods were first marketed in the EU with their consent, other than in limited circumstances.

This short webinar will revisit the regime regulating parallel trade, including the marked difference between how grey goods imported from within and from outside the EU are dealt with. It will also consider recent developments concerning de-branded parallel imported goods, resale of component parts under a trade mark, resale of digital goods  and, of course, whether the situation is due to change following Brexit. 

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Bonita Trimmer

Bonita Trimmer

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Bonita Trimmer specialises in advising on all intellectual property law issues with a particular focus on disputes relating to trade marks, passing off, copyright and designs.

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Giles Parsons

Giles Parsons

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Giles Parsons specialises in intellectual property including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.

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