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Exxon v Exxon Insurance

[1982] 3 All E.R. 241

Case summary last updated at 28/01/2020 16:47 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Exxon v Exxon Insurance

C expended considerable research and effort coming up with name ‘Exxon’ for its corporate group. C sued D, who used word Exxon in their company name. Issue was whether word Exxon was a ‘literary work’. Held:
·        A single invented word alone and by itself IS NOT a ‘literary work’
·        For such a word to be literary work, would have to have qualities and characteristics in itself
Ø  Rather than only having a meaning when accompanied by other words
Ø  This unlikely to be possible in practice
·        Fact that research went into its creation irrelevant

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