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Italy
Court clarifies doctrine of trademark limitation by coexistence
The Court of Milan has addressed the relationship between the likelihood of confusion and consumers’ perception of the different messages linked to the RING and URBAN RING trademarks, and between the limitation by coexistence and trademark acquiescence doctrines.
United Kingdom
What a pandemonium!
An application was made by an individual to register PANDEMONIUM DRUMMERS as a UK trademark in Class 41. The Pandemonium Drummers Association opposed the application under the Trademarks Act 1994, claiming that it had earlier rights in the mark.
Switzerland
Apple button considered not distinctive
The Federal Administrative Court has dismissed an appeal against a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property which partially refused to register a design trademark of Apple Inc showing a button form in a round circle.

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29 Apr 2016
Could China’s economic woes lead to a counterfeiting time bomb?
As has been widely reported in recent months, the wheels appear to have fallen off of China’s economic juggernaut (or at least to have picked up a few punctures). As might be expected, the slowdown is leading to a tightening of consumer purse strings, particularly when it comes products and services sold in higher price brackets – including, notably, luxury goods. For brands, the concern will be that buyers now turn to fake alternatives.
28 Apr 2016
WTR Industry Awards Awards 2016: shortlisted teams and individuals revealed
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 WTR Industry Awards. Among the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from Apple, BMW, Citigroup, eBay, Enterprise Holdings, Google, Hewlett Packard, Itaú Unibanco, Mars, MasterCard, Moncler, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Tory Burch and Visa.
27 Apr 2016
Progress for brand owners in Vietnam as government sides with foreign entity in dispute with state-owned enterprise
The Vietnamese government’s recent decision to uphold a foreign company’s trademark rights in the face of a cancellation action launched by one of its state-owned enterprises represents a significant positive development for brand owners operating in the country.

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