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Gucci's international GG marks revoked in Benelux following 'harsh' decision
The Commercial Court of Brussels has ordered the revocation of Gucci’s international registrations for its GG mark in the Benelux on the ground of non-use. The court dismissed Gucci’s claim that use of its CTM could be considered as use of its international marks, finding that the CTM was not a modernised version of the international registrations. In view of previous EU and Belgian case law, this decision seems harsh.
United States
Federal Circuit: no "correct" pronunciation for marks that are unrecognised words
In StonCor Group Inc v Specialty Coatings Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed a TTAB decision finding no likelihood of confusion between the trademarks STONSHIELD and ARMORSTONE. However, the Federal Circuit cautioned that the TTAB had improperly forced a pronunciation of the appellant’s mark that was unsupported by evidence.
Iran
Court of Appeal upholds trademark infringement claim against former distributor
The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the Court of First Instance in which the latter had ruled that the trademark KINSMART should be cancelled on the ground that it had been registered in bad faith by a former distributor of the plaintiff. The plaintiff, the owner of the trademark KINSMART for diecast scale model cars in several countries, had neglected to register the mark in Iran.

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16 Sep 2014
ANA warns that ICANN decision-making could be reduced to political logrolling

The Association of National Advertisers has warned of the dangers behind plans to enhance the GAC’s role in ICANN decision-making, arguing that the move would weaken the multi-stakeholder model and – absent transparent procedural safeguards – could see governments make concessions on internet governance decisions in a bid to receive political favours elsewhere. A recent...

16 Sep 2014
3D printing specialist warns “every brand on the high street should be scared of 3D printing”

The founder of a new 3D printing cafe business, which opened its first branch in London a fortnight ago, has told World Trademark Review that “every brand on the high street should be scared of 3D printing” and that the open source nature of the 3D printing community could make it very difficult for brand owners to control the potential harm the new technology could cause unless...

15 Sep 2014
Responsive PR is a must when media cries ‘trademark bully’

The news that image hosting website Twitpic is closing down due to a trademark dispute was largely reported uncritically, with the resulting ‘big versus small trademark owner’ narrative a familiar one for those working in IP. However, Twitter’s response highlights how a speedy PR operation can turn around perceptions.   Writing on the Twitpic blog, company founder...

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