n. (context legal English) The act of misrepresenting the origin of a product. vb. (present participle of pass off English)
In common law countries such as England, Australia and New Zealand, passing off is a common law tort which can be used to enforce unregistered trade mark rights. The tort of passing off protects the goodwill of a trader from a misrepresentation.
The law of passing off prevents one trader from misrepresenting goods or services as being the goods and services of another, and also prevents a trader from holding out his or her goods or services as having some association or connection with another when this is not true.
Usage examples of "passing off".
Frank Reverstock's attempt at escape--passing off as rebel boy he reaches Griswoldville by rail, and then strikes across the country for Sherman, but is caught within twenty miles of our lines.
Both men were in silent contemplation, broken only by a speeding ship heading back towards Earth, passing off their starboard side.
Svidrigailov was not however very drunk, the wine had affected him for a moment, but it was passing off every minute.
I would inadvertently refer, with casual assurance, to specific events in dim ages outside of the range of accepted history - passing off such references as a jest when I saw the surprise they created.
I would inadvertently refer, with casual assurance, to specific events in dim ages outside of the range of accepted history--passing off such references as a jest when I saw the surprise they created.
Any apparent change in the heavens must be due to the working of evil forces passing off dreams as reality.
He felt that he must be very careful, or a slight dizziness which was now rapidly passing off might be noticed.