The "Trunki" ride-on suitcase has become a mainstay of British family holidays ever since the concept was showcased, and rejected as “unpatentable”, on the BBC's Dragon's Den in 2006. The Supreme Court has now ruled against its inventor in his attempts to shut down a cheaper, imported version which had taken clear inspiration from Trunki. Where does this high-profile failure leave the status of Registered Community Design? Owen O’Rorke examines the case of PMS International Group Plc (Respondent) v Magmatic Limited (Appellant).
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