While litigation is often described in military terms, it is a less frequent occurrence for skirmishes between military groups to be fought out in court. Here however is news of a set of thoroughly confusing manoeuvres between the Combined Armed Forces Federation UK (CAFF) and the British Armed Forces Federation (BAFF), in which, on an appeal heard by the Kat's friend Anna Carboni (here), BAFF biffed CAFF with a successful operation which, if expensive, will cost the vanquished trade mark applicant dearly (the original decision, noted here by the IPKat, considers, inter alia, the recovery by the successful party of a mileage allowance in respect of a 310 mile journey). Thank you, Sang Nkhwazi, for the link.
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1. Patents create a false sense of security,2. Trade secrets are more important than patents,3. Would you really sue over patent infringement? and4. A patent is NOT a product