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24 Jun 2016

A NATURVAL decision?

European Union - The General Court has dismissed an action brought by Aranynektár Termékgyártó és Kereskedelmi KFT against a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EU Intellectual Property Office for the recognition of the applied-for EU trademark NATÜR-BAL. Read update

24 Jun 2016

New Zealand's ComCom slams the spam

Australia - In recent years trademark owners and domain name holders began receiving unsolicited notices from entities offering trademark publication, renewal and registration services. One of the companies that is renowned for issuing such unsolicited letters to New Zealand trademark holders is TM Publisher. Read update

23 Jun 2016

How Tencent will secure its 微信 mark

China - Since its introduction to the market in 2011, Tencent Inc’s WeChat has become China’s most popular and commonly used social messaging app, with 650 million monthly users in mainland China and 698 million users worldwide. Read update

23 Jun 2016

Thailand prepares to accede to the Madrid Protocol

Thailand - Recent amendments to Thailand’s Trademark Act were published in the Royal Gazette on April 29 2016. Among the amendments is a new chapter on trademark registration which introduces a number of changes that will prepare the way for Thailand to accede to the Madrid Protocol in 2016. Read update

22 Jun 2016

Board of Appeal accepts registration of SHARING EXPERTISE

Iceland - The Icelandic Patent Office had held that the word mark SHARING EXPERTISE lacked distinctive character and was descriptive of the goods and services covered. However, the Board of Appeal overturned this decision and accepted registration of the mark. Read update

22 Jun 2016

Bavaria Crown beer not to be confused with Bavaria

European Union - In Bavaria NV v Bayerischer Brauerbund eV it was held that the average Irish consumer would think that Bavaria Crown beer was from Bavaria or that it was brewed using Bavarian brewing methods. Read update

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