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AB InBev acquires Czech brewery, but loses Portuguese legal battle over Budweiser brand
The Lisbon Appeals Court has upheld an earlier ruling preventing US brewery AB InBev from selling its beer in Portugal under the Budweiser name, finding that AB InBev’s BUDWEISER trademarks could be mistaken for those of Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar. On a similar note, AB InBev has acquired Czech brewery Pivovar Samson, which is based in the same Czech town as Budejovicky Budvar.
Denmark
Supreme Court rules on trademark use following end of cooperation
The Supreme Court has held that the use and registration of the trademarks SOX INSTITUTE and EUROSOX INSTITUTE after the termination of the cooperation between the Sarbanes-Oxley Institute and the plaintiff, which provides consulting services on the implementation of the SOX and EuroSOX legislation, did not violate the institute's trademarks.
India
Increase in official fees for trademark applications and expedited examination
With effect from August 1 2014, official fees have increased as follows: the fee for filing a trademark application has increased from Rs3,500 to Rs4,000, while the fee for requesting expedited examination has increased from Rs12,500 to Rs20,000. Although the increase relating to expedited examination is unlikely to affect most applicants, the increase in the trademark application fee may affect small entities and individual applicants.

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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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New GCC trademark law sparks change across the region

The Gulf Cooperation Council States Trademark Law came one step closer to reality when it was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in Saudi Arabia. While a single trademark law for the region is positive news, it will mean big changes for each state.
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