In re Coca-Cola Co: HL 1986

The claimants had used the distinctive shape of their bottle to help advertise their soft drink. The registered design rights in the bottle had expired.
Held: The House refused to allow trade mark law to be exploited and rejected the argument that the manufacturer of a beverage sold under a trade name had established a perpetual monopoly in and could prevent the copying of the shape of a bottle which was no longer protected by the Registered Designs Act 1949. The House drew attention to the undesirable practice of seeking to expand the boundaries of intellectual property rights beyond the purposes for which they were created in order to obtain an unintended and undeserving monopoly.
[1986] 2 All ER 274, [1986] 1 WLR 695
England and Wales
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Updated: 03 September 2021; Ref: scu.183214