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European Union
Proving genuine use of an earlier EU trademark
On June 16 2016 the European General Court rendered its decision in Case T – 614/14 between Fútbol Club Barcelona (the applicant), the EU Intellectual Property Office (the defendant) and Kule LLC as the other party before the EUIPO Board of Appeal.
India
Interim injunction bars Blu Frog from piggybacking on reputation of celebrated venue
The Bombay High Court has issued an interim injunction restraining Blu Frog Kitchen from infringing the marks of the celebrated Blue Frog bar, restaurant and music venue, and from passing off its goods and services as those of the plaintiffs.
United Kingdom
Sky’s the limit for Skyscape when seeking a declaration of non-infringement
After Sky's solicitors wrote to Skyscape alleging that it was infringing a number of Sky's trademarks, Skyscape asked the court to grant a declaration of non-infringement. Although a viable tool in infringement cases, there are issues that claimants should bear in mind when seeking a declaration of non-infringement.

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23 Aug 2016
Mystery over entertainment tycoon’s web of trademarks, domains and company names
Eyebrows have been raised over recent trademark filings by businesses linked to prolific domain owner and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. World Trademark Review has conducted an extensive investigation into the filings, and it reveals an intriguing web of thousands of company names, domains and trademarks related to high profile brands, generic terms and even IP offices – with the legal work in the US being led by a former USPTO patent examiner.
22 Aug 2016
Creating a unified front: how counsel are navigating the murky waters of social media in the US
The playing field for US brand owners has been forever transformed by the explosion of social media over the last decade. For the trademark professionals we spoke to as part of the current WTR 1000 research process, it has also created a range of challenges – not least in making sure that law firm and corporate counsel are taking a consistent approach to enforcement.
18 Aug 2016
Singapore comes out top in Asia-Pacific for innovation thanks to enhanced focus on filing and licensing
The latest edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) was released this week, with the performance of Asian economies boosted by trademark filing levels and IP monetisation.

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