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No discretion for entirely new evidence on appeal
In EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) v Xavier Grau Ferrer, the European Court of Justice held that the EUIPO had failed to undertake an examination of additional and supplementary evidence and therefore infringed Article 76(2) of Regulation 207/2009.
South Africa
CLEARVU is again the subject matter of litigation proceedings
The trademark CLEARVU has again been the subject matter of litigation proceedings. After going head to head in South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal over CLEARVU as a Google Adword, M-Systems Group Ltd recently opposed Cochrane Steel Product Ltd’s application to register the trademark, arguing that CLEARVU was not capable of distinguishing.
Australia
Federal Court of Australia finds in favour of OZEMITE
The Federal Court of Australia has overturned a decision by the Trademarks Office to remove the trademark OZEMITE for non-use. Interestingly, sufficient use was established without the product being on the market.

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23 Sep 2016
Indian trademark held hostage by disgruntled ex-employee amid allegations of potential registry complicity
Police in Mumbai have arrested a builder who allegedly ‘stole’ a trademark belonging to a business he used to work for in the course of a dispute over severance compensation, it was reported this week. In the wake of the alleged incident, questions have been raised about potential fraud at the city’s trademark registry.
23 Sep 2016
Major new research project to identify the leading corporate trademark professionals launches today
World Trademark Review is inviting nominations for an extensive new research project designed to identify and profile the world’s leading in-house trademark professionals. Act now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised for the invaluable work they undertake.
21 Sep 2016
Brand owners need to be "credible” partners or efforts to target illicit funds could stall
At this week’s International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference in London, discussion focused on how to take down the ability of counterfeiters to profit from the sale of illicit goods. One tactic is collaboration with the payment processing industry, in a bid to choke off access to funds. However, brand owners were warned that they need to be credible partners and not seek to game the system for competitive edge.

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