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European Union
easyGroup successful on appeal in 'airtours' case
In easyGroup IP Licensing Ltd v OHIM, the General Court has annulled a decision of the First Board of Appeal of OHIM in which the latter had found that there was a likelihood of confusion between easyGroup’s figurative mark EASYAIR-TOURS and TUI AG’s earlier figurative mark AIRTOURS TICKET FACTORY. Among other things, the court held that the board had erred in finding that 'Air-tours' was the dominant element in easyGroup’s mark.
Canada
Important news for mark owners doing business in Quebec: appeal dismissed on signage issue
The Quebec Court of Appeal has dismissed - from the bench - the Quebec government’s appeal against a lower court decision that rejected the position taken by the Office québécois de la langue française on non-French public signage. The lower court had decided that non-French trademarks on store-front signage do not need to be accompanied by a French descriptor of the nature of the business to comply with the Charter of the French Language.
International
New gTLDs hit 5 million
There are now approximately 5,200,000 registered domain names under the new gTLDs spread across 597 delegated new gTLDs, which works out at an average of 8,710 domain names per gTLD registry. While this is not a phenomenal level of growth across the new gTLD name space, it is clearly an upward trend in domain name registrations.

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22 May 2015
Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle: announcing a unique new event
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle, a unique one-day conference for senior trademark practitioners, at Convene Times Square, New York on October 29 2015.
21 May 2015
Cayman Islands prepare for a trademark revolution
The government of the Cayman Islands is drawing up a new Trademarks Bill that will introduce a local register and offer an increased ability to enforce marks. One lawyer in the region has told World Trademark Review that the new bill will finally bring the country’s IP system into the 21st century, and could halt the trend of international businesses ignoring the Caymans in their brand protection efforts.
19 May 2015
Apple v Samsung decision throws spotlight on design patent damages
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacating the jury’s damages awards against Samsung products that were found liable for trade dress dilution may be grabbing mainstream media headlines, but it is the affirmation of design patent damages that practitioners will find more significant.

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