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European Union
Extension of time in revocation actions: OHIM may make it conditional on other party's consent
In Husky CZ sro v OHIM, the General Court has considered aspects of OHIM procedure and practice in the context of an application for revocation of the mark HUSKY. Among other things, the court held that Rule 71(2) of the Implementation Regulation should be read as saying that OHIM “may subject the extension of a period to the agreement of the other parties”.
United States
Geographic location mark not always primarily geographically descriptive
In In Re The Newbridge Cutlery Company, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a TTAB decision, concluding that the trademark NEWBRIDGE HOME was not primarily geographically descriptive of the goods because the location of the source of goods - namely Newbridge, Ireland - was not a place generally known to the American public.
France
New episode in the 'vente-privee.com' saga
The Lyons First Instance Tribunal has contributed to the current judicial debate on whether the mark consisting of the domain name ‘vente-privee.com’ (meaning ‘private sale’) could be considered well known for the purpose of French law. This comes after the Paris First Instance Tribunal issued two contradictory decisions on this very issue in 2013, leaving it to the Paris Court of Appeal to set the tone.

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04 Mar 2015
Latest WTR podcast available: assessing brand worth
In the latest World Trademark Review podcast we talk to David Haigh, chief executive of Brand Finance, to get the inside track on when, how and why brand valuations should be undertaken.
04 Mar 2015
Coverage of Taylor Swift’s trademark spree tops list of February’s most-read stories
Following the online furore surrounding trademark applications filed by pop star Taylor Swift, our analysis of her IP strategy – which sparked possibly the first trademark protest song – was our most-read blog last month.
03 Mar 2015
India the battleground for Apple as trademark challenge intensifies
iVoice Ventures Private has issued a press statement expanding on its move to contest “all pending/registered IPHONE trademarks through opposition and rectification/cancellation actions” in India. The dispute highlights a conundrum that companies can face when expanding internationally – whether to fight on via established legal processes or seek a deal in a bid for speedy resolution when others cry foul.

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