The revised Trademark Law has now come into
force. While the law succeeds in modernising the
registration process and strengthening enforcement,
it simultaneously provides additional opportunities
While smell marks are protectable under EU
trademark law, the requirement that signs be
‘graphically representable’ has proved a serious
stumbling block to registration and one that is
unlikely to be removed by the new proposed
Community Trademark Regulation
To mark World Trademark Review’s 50th edition, we
identify 50 of the people, companies, cases and bigpicture
issues that have defined the market on which
we have been reporting for the last eight years
International - Rocketing up the top 10 like the Millennium Falcon jumping into hyperspace, yesterday’s blog on the UK Passport Office’s decision to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark quickly became the most-read blog of the last month. WTR Daily is about to wind down for its summer break, but before we go, here are the top 10 news stories for July – and an update from the US State Department on whether it would have taken the same approach as the UK office.
Trevor Little | August 01 2014
United Kingdom - (This article has been updated – the new information is italicised at the end of the article) The decision by the UK's Passport Office to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark is an unusual incident, and throws up the issue of how stringently passport examiners check trademarks.
Tim Lince | July 31 2014
International - Over the past 18 months, a number of technological innovations placing the fight against counterfeiting in the hands of brands and consumers have hit the market. Such developments are wholly positive, but building consumer take-up is likely to be a long-term game.
Tim Lince | July 29 2014