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European Union
Trademark containing earlier mark and descriptive element refused registration
In Infocit - Prestação De Serviços, Comércio E Indústria Lda v OHIM, the General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the trademark DINKOOL and the earlier mark DIN. Among other things the court held that the fact that a sign consists exclusively of an earlier trademark, to which another word has been added, is an indication that the two marks are similar.
Albania
Global energy company victorious in opposition against local competitor
The Appeal Board of the Albanian Patent and Trademark Office has upheld an opposition by global energy company Repsol SA, the owner of international registrations for REPSOL, against the registration of the mark REXOIL by a Turkish competitor. The board found that the marks covered identical goods and that there was a considerable degree of visual and phonetic similarity.
Indonesia
Trademark Bill prioritised by House of Representatives
The Indonesian House of Representatives has declared that 37 key bills would be prioritised for deliberation in 2015, including the Trademark and Patent Bills. The Trademark Bill is particularly significant, as it will include an introduction to non-traditional trademarks and the Madrid Protocol.

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04 Mar 2015
Coverage of Taylor Swift’s trademark spree tops list of February’s most-read stories
Following the online furore surrounding trademark applications filed by pop star Taylor Swift, our analysis of her IP strategy – which sparked possibly the first trademark protest song – was our most-read blog last month.
03 Mar 2015
India the battleground for Apple as trademark challenge intensifies
iVoice Ventures Private has issued a press statement expanding on its move to contest “all pending/registered IPHONE trademarks through opposition and rectification/cancellation actions” in India. The dispute highlights a conundrum that companies can face when expanding internationally – whether to fight on via established legal processes or seek a deal in a bid for speedy resolution when others cry foul.
03 Mar 2015
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Today is the last chance for trademark practitioners to have their voice heard in the seventh annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey.

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Playing the fame card in the Middle East and Africa

Protection for famous marks in the Middle East and Africa depends to an extent on national laws, but a growing body of case law in this area provides much-needed guidance for rights holders
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