Kit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFEKit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFE
Kit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFE
Stephen Vines
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Opinion

The View by Stephen Vines

As Kit Kat, Starbucks and Posh Spice rulings show, intellectual property is big but bittersweet business

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Kit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFEKit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFE
Kit Kat chocolate wafer bars on sale in London on July 25. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Nestlé to register the shape of its four-finger Kit Kat as its trademark. Photo: EPA-EFE
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