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27 Oct 2016

Instructive Louis Vuitton case finds metal toe plate non-distinctive

United States - In LVL XIII Brands Inc v Louis Vuitton Malletier SA, the plaintiff sued for infringement on the basis that its toe plate design was being infringed. However, the case failed because the plaintiff did not establish that the toe plate had achieved secondary meaning. Read update

27 Oct 2016

Pierre Cardin in fashion exile from Indonesia

Indonesia - A trademark infringement case involving the PIERRE CARDIN mark spanning almost 30 years has ended with an unsatisfactory conclusion. The court found no clear evidence of bad faith, despite the fact this should have been easy to show. Read update

26 Oct 2016

EUIPO affirms opposition rejection in trademark dispute over use of barcodes

Greece - The Appeal Division of the EU Intellectual Property Office has upheld the decision to reject the Greek Association of Businesses for the Management of International GS1 Standards' opposition filed against the use of a barcode trademark. Read update

26 Oct 2016

Egypt terminates London Act of the Hague Agreement

Egypt - Egypt has terminated the London Act of the Hague Agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, but remains a member of the agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Design and the Geneva Act. Read update

25 Oct 2016

EUIPO upholds PepsiCo's opposition of snack food application based on similarity

European Union - The Opposition Division of the EU Intellectual Property Office and the Fifth Board of Appeal have partially upheld PepsiCo’s opposition of Perfetti Van Melle Benelux BV’s application to register the EU trademark ‘3D’ and device in Class 30, stating that genuine use had only been shown in respect of ‘cereal chips’. Read update

25 Oct 2016

3M v 3N – damages awarded for blatant infringement

China - The US company 3M won a recent victory at the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) when the SPC rejected a petition for a retrial by Changzhou Hua Wei Advanced Material Co Ltd in respect of an infringement decision over the trademark 3N. Read update


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