passing off


passing off
passing off ˌpassing ˈoff noun [uncountable]
the act of pretending that something is more valuable than it really is in order to deceive people:

• One of the most disturbing trends in counterfeit products is the passing off of old items as new.

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passing off UK US noun [U] LAW
the illegal act of selling a product that is similar to one that another company has legally protected by a trademark: »

The restaurant was found guilty of passing off, as its name and logo were too close to those of a major chain.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • passing off — When a trade or service mark is not registrable it may still be entitled to certain protection, i.e. a passing off action. Passing off is available where there is a prospect of confusion of identity through the unauthorised use of similar marks… …   Law dictionary

  • Passing off — For other uses of this and related terms please refer to the pass disambiguation page. Passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trademark rights. The tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a… …   Wikipedia

  • passing off — Conducting a business in a manner that misleads the public into thinking that one s goods or services are those of another business. The commonest form of passing off is marketing goods with a design, packaging, or trade name that is very similar …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • passing off — /pasɪŋ ˈɒf/ (say pahsing of) noun Law an unlawful act whereby a defendant trader misrepresents his or her goods to consumers so as to cause actual damage to the business or goodwill of the plaintiff trader, as in passing off inferior goods as the …   Australian English dictionary

  • passing off — noun The act of misrepresenting the origin of a product …   Wiktionary

  • passing off — pretend to be, imitation of …   English contemporary dictionary

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