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Board of Appeal decision highlights difficulties in registering 3D marks for everyday consumer goods

The decision emphasises that distinctive character acquired through use must be shown throughout the territory of the European Union, and not only in a substantial part of it.

27 September 2022

The evolution of social media: a brand protection perspective

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Francesca Witzburg of Loza & Loza explores how the digital environment is changing in the light of Web 3.0 and what rights holders must do to prepare

27 September 2022

NFTs and the metaverse: game changers or passing fad?

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

WTR’s panel of industry experts share their views on emerging Web 3.0 technologies and on the brand-protection environment

27 September 2022

The IP service provider of 2027: roundtable discussion

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

27 September 2022

NFT marketplaces: a brand protection perspective

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

NFTs represent a potential threat – and great opportunity – for brand owners. IP attorney and crypto expert Charlotte Wilding explains how trademark practitioners can wield this double-edged sword to best protect their clients’ brands

27 September 2022

‘No justification’ – the legal fight to end the USPTO’s residential address requirement

A dispute between a trademark attorney and the USPTO, which seeks to reverse the domicile address requirement, has been escalated to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

26 September 2022

Amsterdam Court of Appeal overturns sticker decision in dispute involving famous satirical TV show

Following the Court of Appeal’s decision, the Jiskefet Encyclopedie - a book about a famous TV show that was written and published without the consent of the show’s producers - can again be sold in bookshops without a sticker or insert.

26 September 2022

Newton Law fails to prevent registration of NEWTON

Under Article 8(1)(5)(d) of the Law on Trademarks, it is not sufficient that the opponent has acquired a right to a similar company name before the filing date of the opposed trademark application.

23 September 2022

Rebuttal presumption of irreparable harm still alive when assessing trademark preliminary injunctions

The decision explains how district courts should apply the rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm created by the Trademark Modernisation Act 2020.

23 September 2022

Ukraine IPO releases annual report; Crocs settles Walmart suit; Google sued over Vizier brand name – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Egypt launching a national IP strategy, the IP Office of New Zealand updating its trademark practice guidelines, and much more.

23 September 2022

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