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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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29 Jul 2016
Our most-read stories of 2016 so far – and we’re now on a summer break
The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full blog and Premium Daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Tuesday August 30. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates in the first seven months of 2016 on World Trademark Review.
29 Jul 2016
New commissioner at Japan’s trademark office promises faster prosecution and greater focus on licensing
The Japan Patent Office has a new commissioner, and he has indicated that building an environment conducive to IP licensing and sales in order to exploit the country’s “brand power” will be at the top of the agency’s agenda for the foreseeable future.
29 Jul 2016
Dramatic shift in Benelux trademark landscape sees lines blurring between law firms and agencies
This week, the WTR 1000 research team looks at the blurring line between law firms and trademark agencies in the Benelux jurisdictions in recent years. A number of factors account for the significant changes in the relationship between these two sets of service-providers. However, the map has not yet been redrawn and the old specialisations may prove more resilient than one might assume.

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