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European Union
General Court interprets list of goods based on IP TRANSLATOR
In Scooters India Ltd v OHIM, the General court has annulated two decisions of the First Board of Appeal of OHIM in two cases involving the trademark LAMBRETTA. Among other things, the court had to decide whether use of a trademark for goods that were not specifically mentioned in the list of goods, but fell within this class, could be considered sufficient to fulfil the use requirement.
International
The new gTLD aftermarket has arrived
While ICANN's new gTLD programme would appear to be a success, the volume of registrations across those gTLDs that are now operational has fallen below expectations. As a result, some new gTLD registry owners are seeking to sell their gTLD registries, with reports of the first sales of operational gTLD registries being scheduled for this month.
Puerto Rico
Appeals Court discusses nature of franchise agreements
In Díaz v Pérez, which concerned an employment claim against the Bayamón Cowboys basketball team, the team manager and the Basketball League, the Appeals Court of Puerto Rico has discussed the nature of franchise agreements. Among other things, the court held that a franchisee benefits from the use of a known trademark while retaining independence and, at the same time, receiving assistance and training from the franchisor.

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17 Oct 2014
The trademark challenges awaiting the incoming USPTO director

On World Trademark Review last month we reported on President Obama’s nomination of Danny Marti for the position of US IP Enforcement Coordinator, noting that the wait continued for a permanent Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director at the USPTO, 19 months after the departure of David Kappos. The wait may soon be over following yesterday’s announcement...

17 Oct 2014
Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs

The High Court in London has this morning delivered a landmark judgment establishing that trademark owners can secure court orders blocking websites that are structured to infringe their trademark rights by selling counterfeit goods online. The decision is believed to be the first in which an application for a website-blocking order against internet service providers (ISPs) in order to combat...

17 Oct 2014
Plain packaging: the clash of entrenched views

This week India pushed forward an initiative to increase tobacco warnings on packaging from 40% to 85%, the move following France’s recently announced plans to introduce plain packaging. It seems, then, that the global momentum of plain packaging is picking up and this week also saw the release of a report supporting plain packaging in Canada, authored by the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Challenges with 3D marks

Registrations for 3D marks are extremely attractive to rights holders – so much so that the European Court of Justice is continually adopting a stricter interpretation of the absolute grounds for refusal.
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