High Court Considers Alleged Infringement of Leighton Vans' Unregistered Design Rights

World Trademark Review
November 8, 2022

Neale Christy (London) authored an article for World Trademark Review providing a high-level overview of recent copyright infringement allegations brought to the High Court in Leighton Vans Ltd. v Harris regarding two unregistered designs of aftermarket bumpers for VW Transporter vans. The article examines the potential effect of interim injunction during copyright proceedings, such as possible confusion between the competing parties.

“While the court is not making a final decision on confusion, the potential success of infringement proceedings is a key factor to be considered when granting an interim injunction,” Christy noted. “However, granting interim relief must always strike a balance between protecting the claimant without severely prejudicing the defendants.”

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