Argos loses trade mark and passing off claim

‘David and Goliath’ case shows the ‘online land-grab’ between brands is heating up

22 Feb 2017

The importance of intangible assets was highlighted in the High Court this week after a retail giant lost a passing-off claim over a domain name registered by a much smaller company.

The case between UK retailer Argos and a small US-based software company, Argos Systems, concerned the domain name www.argos.com, which was registered by the tech company in 1992.

Argos UK brought the claim for trade mark infringement and passing off action after noticing that a significant number of customers were accidentally visiting the .com domain rather than the .co.uk domain, and that Argos Systems’ website had ...

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