Plain packaging: Commercial expression, anti-smoking extremism and the risks of hyper-regulation

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February 20, 2012
Adam Smith Institute
by Christopher Snowdon  
Posted in Commentary

"The wholesale confiscation of an industry’s brands and trademarks represents an unprecedented assault on commercial expression. It not only tramples on the principles of a free market, but it may also be illegal. Expert opinion, including that of the European Communities Trade Mark Association, the British Brands Group and the International Trademark Association, says that plain packaging is an infringement of intellectual property rights and a violation of international free trade agreements to which the UK is a signatory." (02/20/12)  

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