The latest developments in “copycat” cases in the drinks industry

Ciara will discuss the latest developments in IP infringement in the drinks industry, including the recent well-publicised UK decisions in M&S v Aldi (gin case) and Thatchers v Aldi (cider case) and discuss how best to protect your rights when faced with look-a-like product. She’ll also touch on the rapidly developing area of AI and the implications of generative AI for IP rights.

About Ciara

An IP and technology litigation specialist, Ciara Cullen is dual qualified in England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and has acted in several international disputes.

Having acted in several disputes before the English and Irish Courts, the UK IPO, the ICC and CIETAC, Ciara’s practice also has a significant international element and sees her advising clients on multi-jurisdictional disputes across the full range of IP rights including trade marks / passing off, copyright, patents, design rights, breach of confidential information and IP licence disputes.

On the non-contentious side, Ciara supports clients on brand protection and counterfeit issues, IP projects and licensing, sponsorship/endorsement arrangements, franchising and commercial contracts. She also provides specialist advice on IP and technology acquisitions and disposals.

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  • 14th June 2024
  • RSA House, London