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Lee Bolton Monier-Williams wins a second Basmati case at the EU General Court

1st February 2016

MSI's London based UK law firm member Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (LBMW) is delighted to announce the firm has been successful for a second time in the appeal which LBMW brought in the General Court of the European Union.

Twice the General Court has upheld LBMW’s case that the EU Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market must recognise and take account of the UK law of extended passing off and protect the existing rights of producers of food and wine products against attempts by competitors to use similar names on their products.

In the current case LBMW represent the producers of Basmati rice from the foothills of the Himalayas against an attempt by the Thai company Siam Grain Co to register an EU-wide trade mark in the name Basmali.

The case follows successful cases brought by Monier-Williams extending back many years to protect the name and goodwill of Champagne producers and other wines.

Read the full case here

Lee Bolton Monier-Williams announces the move of commercial & IP partner Claire Morgan to MSI Dublin member firm Orpen Franks

In an example of the mutual benefits of membership MSI, London member Lee Bolton Monier-Williams announces the move of commercial & IP partner Claire Morgan to MSI Dublin member firm Orpen Franks.

LBMW senior partner and MSI contact Philip Sergeant says that the move was motivated by Claire’s wish to move home to be closer to her family in Ireland and happens with the understanding support of LBMW, although we are very sad to see her go. We are delighted that she will be able to match her aspirations by working with a fellow MSI member with whom LBMW have had a close relationship over the years.

Nigel Urwin Head of commercial & IP at LBMW comments that Claire trained and qualified with us and has made a great contribution to our successes in the last few years and she is very ready to take up the challenge of practising in a different jurisdiction. We have every confidence that she will bring additional skills to Orpen Franks and that they will continue to make a major impact on the Irish legal market.


About Lee Bolton Monier-Williams LLP - London

Lee Bolton Monier-Williams (LBMW) is a well known, medium sized firm that has been based in central London for more than a century. We represent businesses, organisations and individuals nationally and throughout the world.

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