Region: Argentina

Federal Court of Appeals recognises secondary meaning doctrine

In a dispute between Unilever NV and Laboratorio Cuenca SA over use of the trademark SUAVE (meaning 'smooth' or 'soft'), the Federal Court of Appeals has held that, although SUAVE was a weak mark, registration should be allowed based on the doctrine of secondary meaning.

24 November 2010

Merchants should know the origin of the products they sell

In <i>The Polo/Lauren Company LP v Bustos</i>, the Court of Appeals has ruled against the defendant in a case involving counterfeit Ralph Lauren clothes. Among other things, the court rejected the defendant's argument that he had acted in good faith and had been defrauded by the supplier of the goods.

13 July 2010

Domain name registrants required to update their data

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the ‘.ar’ country-code top-level domain, has announced that it would be implementing a new system to register and administer Argentine domain names. All current registrants of ‘.ar’ domain names must update the data held for them in NIC Argentina's database by March 31 2010.

30 March 2010

Argentine bank establishes better right to acronym BICE

In a dispute between Argentine financial entity Banco de Inversión y Comercio Exterior SA and Chilean bank Banco Bice over use of the name BICE, the Federal Court of Appeals has held, among other things, that because the Argentine bank had been known by the acronym BICE for at least one year before Banco Bice filed suit, the latter's claim was time barred under the Trademark Law.

04 March 2010

First olfactory marks registered

Following a 2004 court decision in which it was held that smells were registrable as trademarks, the Trademark Office of Argentina has allowed the registration of olfactory marks for the first time. The marks, owned by cosmetics giant L'Oréal, consist of fruit smells for shampoo containers.

23 October 2009

Number of ‘.ar’ domain names limited to 200 per registrant

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the ‘.ar’ country-code top-level domain, has announced that it is limiting the number of domain names that any one entity can register to a maximum of 200. The registry hopes that this will put an end to the registration of ‘.ar’ domain names for speculative purposes.

15 July 2009

Puma runs to victory in sports shoe case

In <i>Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport v Cueros del Norte SRL</i>, the Federal Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals of the City of Buenos Aires has ordered that Cueros del Norte SRL cease using Puma AG Rudolf Dassler Sport's 'inverted pipe' design for sports shoes. The court also granted damages in the amount of Ps30,000 to Puma.

05 June 2009

IDNs now available for registration in ‘.ar’ domain extension

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the '.ar' country-code top-level domain, has launched the registration of internationalized domain names. The general registration period of '.ar' IDNs will be preceded by a sunrise period for domain name holders that registered their '.ar' domain name before July 31 2008.

01 October 2008

Argentina introduces '' sub-domain

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the regulation of the '.ar' country-code top-level domain, has announced the launch of the new sub-domain ''. The new extension will be aimed principally at travel agents, tour operators and other professional bodies involved in the tourism industry.

31 July 2008

Virgin has no legitimate interest in VIRGIN mark for beverages

In <i>Virgin Enterprises Ltd v Café La Virginia SA</i>, the Federal Court of Appeals in Civil and Commercial Matters has held that Virgin Enterprises Limited had no legitimate interest in registering the trademark VIRGIN for goods in Classes 32 and 33 (beverages) on the grounds that it had entered into an agreement not to use the VIRGIN mark for foodstuffs at any time.

17 June 2008

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