Goodwill Hunting in Passing Off: England Retains the 'Hard Line' for Now: Starbucks (HK) Ltd v. British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc
Singapore Academy of Law Journal, Vol. 27, pp.589-600, 2015
12 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2015
Date Written: 2015
This recent UK Supreme Court decision has confirmed that the “hard line” perspective to interpreting “goodwill” in the common law action for passing off remains good law in England. There are, however, subtle hints in the judgment that going forward, the court may be prepared to consider and endorse (pragmatic) exceptions or extensions to the “hard line” in appropriate cases.
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