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European Union
Level of attention of end consumers who buy pharmaceutical products held to be above average
In Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG v OHIM, the General Court has upheld in part a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM in opposition proceedings involving the marks LONARID and MOMARID for goods in Class 5. Among other things, the court held that the board had been right to find that the level of attention of end consumers who purchase pharmaceutical preparations for the reduction of pain and fever is above average.
United States
In In re United Trademark Holdings Inc, the TTAB has found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks ZOMBIE CINDERELLA and WALT DISNEY’S CINDERELLA for dolls. Among other things, the TTAB found that ‘Cinderella’, as used with a doll, was a weak term and entitled to a limited scope of protection.
Brussels Commercial Court bares its teeth and protects shape of dog food
In a recent judgment on the merits, the Brussels Commercial Court has held that the X shape of Mars’ Dentastix dog food constituted a valid 3D CTM and Benelux design. Both IP rights had been invoked against a Belgian company commercialising X-shaped chew sticks for dogs on the European market. Among other things, the court held that the defendant sought to free-ride on Mars’ DENTASTIX mark and to benefit from its power of attraction.


16 Dec 2014
How to fight back against counterfeiters wanting to spoil the season of goodwill
It should be a time of Christmas cheer, but the brand protection challenge over the upcoming festive period will likely intensify rather than abate. James Corlett, senior manager of legal at fashion brand Karen Millen, offers some pointers on how brands can ensure that monitoring efforts continue while also giving overworked in-house staff a breather.
15 Dec 2014
A year at the USPTO – the trademark perspective
The USPTO has published its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for financial year (FY) 2014, with trademark operations getting a clear thumbs up.
12 Dec 2014
2014’s top 25 trademark stories and issues in mass media misreporting
As 2014 draws to a close and the World Trademark Review Daily email service prepares to take a short break, it’s a natural time to look back at the WTR blogs which received the most reads over the past 12 months.

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Uniform Rapid Suspension: an assessment one year on

As the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) celebrates its first birthday, an analysis of the 100-plus cases decided so far reveals some interesting trends, as well as some pointers for where the URS is best suited and where other routes might produce a better result.
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We talk with the senior manager of legal at fashion brand Karen Millen about protecting your brand over Christmas.

December 16

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Trademark operations get a clear thumbs up after release of USPTO's latest Performance and Accountability Report.



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