Sterling-Winthrop Group Ltd v Farbenfabriken Bayer A.G.

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date21 June 1967
Date21 June 1967
Docket Number[1965. No. 1155 P.].
CourtHigh Court
(H.C.)
Sterling-Winthrop Group Ltd
and
Farbenfabriken Bayer A.G

Principles to be applied.

The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants intended to use the plaintiffs' trade marks and trade names and such intention was admitted by the defendants. The plaintiffs also claimed that the defendants intended to pass off their goods as being the goods of the plaintiffs. The defendants filed affidavits of discovery of documents and the plaintiffs applied to the High Court for an order directing the defendants to file a further affidavit of discovery of documents relating to the defendants' decision to use the plaintiffs' trade marks and names. Held by Kenny J.: 1. That the intentions of the defendants were not relevant to the passing-off issue. 2. That the plaintiffs' application should be refused because they had failed to show that further documents, relevant to the issues in the action, were in the possession of the defendants, or that the person making the...

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