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European Union
No life in appeal of VITA+VERDE application before General Court
A recent General Court ruling which upheld a decision of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s Second Board of Appeal to refuse registration of the mark VITA+VERDE reinforces a number of existing principles in relation to the assessment of a likelihood of confusion.
Colombia
TODO BIEN mark not distinctive, but does not take unfair advantage of Valderrama’s reputation
Famous Colombian football player Carlos ‘el Pibe’ Valderrama filed an opposition against the application to register the trademark TODO BIEN for “Soft drinks and energizing drinks” in Class 32.
Greece
Trademark owners benefit from new Civil Procedure Rules
The new Civil Procedure Rules have significantly expedited trademark infringement proceedings by setting stricter, more clearly defined timeframes; reducing the number of cases in which witnesses are heard in court; and restricting the opportunity to obtain postponements without genuinely good cause.

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08 Feb 2016
Laying the litigation groundwork: a US perspective
On April 21 2016 in New York, Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies will provide an interactive forum in which experienced litigators can share best practices and corporate counsel can quiz industry experts on decision making. In advance of the conference, two trademark experts have given us the inside track on the foundations that underpin litigation success.
05 Feb 2016
Market raid turns violent in border town at the nexus of Southeast Asia’s counterfeits trade
An anti-counterfeiting raid on behalf of French brand owners left 12 Thai police injured as hundreds of angry traders protested against the seizure of goods from an infamous border market. Despite the unfortunate turn of events, the operation indicates that Thai authorities are paying increased attention to the country’s border with Cambodia - a major conduit for fake goods originating from China.
05 Feb 2016
Our latest, free-to-view guide to protecting your brands online is now available
The 2016 edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment is now available to view online.

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