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General Court reiterates criteria for assessing validity of designs in cheese design case

This case serves as an important reminder that designs can be declared invalid based on a much wider range of prior rights than for trademarks.

16 December 2021

A STEALTH-y acquisition of trademark rights

This case raises important questions as to how long two entities must co-exist with the same or a similar mark to meet the requirements for a successful defence of honest concurrent use.

16 December 2021

The USPTO year in review: exclusive interview with trademark commissioner David Gooder

WTR sits down with USPTO Trademark Commissioner David Gooder to hear his perspective on the biggest changes that have taken place at the agency in 2021.

16 December 2021

“We are a company with a heart”: how agro-solutions giant UPL balances innovation with sustainability

UPL’s first lead global trademark counsel reveals how one of the world’s biggest agricultural solutions companies protects its reputation for innovation in sustainability.

15 December 2021

Making the business case for brand protection: the key arguments to make

David Cooper, CEO and founder of IPSecure, identifies the key arguments that can be made to the business when seeking backing for, and resourcing of, online brand protection efforts.

15 December 2021

Cognac house Martell wins Rmb5 million in damages from Chinese copycats

This case is notable because the controlling shareholder was found jointly and severally liable with the accused companies as a result of receiving payments from buyers of the infringing products.

15 December 2021

A tasty “no” to Champagne bars

Two recent decisions of the Thai registrar of trademarks represent a major win for the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne and GI owners in general.

15 December 2021

USPTO issues advice to fraud victims with suspended trademark applications

The USPTO has confirmed that thousands of trademarks linked to an allegedly fraudulent Pakistan-based company are now suspended and issued a guidance for victims.

14 December 2021

Hermès takes on NFT artist; Meta marks sold for $60 million; retailers push for INFORM Consumers Act – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at France.com being disappointed by a decision not to review a French government win, the US Copyright Office seeking comments on deferred examination, and much more.

14 December 2021

Inditex unsuccessful in ZARA appeal to the General Court

Spanish retail giant Inditex has been unsuccessful on appeal in its attempt to register the mark ZARA for a variety of food products, and retail, wholesale and restaurant services.

14 December 2021

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