Region: Estonia

Board of Appeal upholds opposition against mark containing name of government’s official seat

Despite the shortcomings of the opposition filed by Estonia’s Government Office, the Board of Appeal found that the mark STENBOCK constituted “another symbol” the registration of which would be contrary to public interest under Article 9(1)(9) of the Trademark Act.

01 June 2022

Supreme Court issues landmark decision in punk music band trademark dispute

The members of punk band Vanemõde, which was famous in the 1980s, have been involved in a long-running dispute over who is entitled to register the name of the band as a trademark.

14 April 2022

Board of Appeal annuls refusal to register position marks for taxi services

The Board of Appeal has annulled decisions of the Estonian Patent Office refusing to register position marks consisting of a black checkerboard device on a yellow oval background placed on the front door of a taxi car.

17 November 2021

Board of Appeal dismisses opposition in dispute between former parties to franchise agreement

This decision in opposition proceedings involving former parties to a franchise agreement sets a new precedent following the coming into force in 2019 of the Principles of Legal Regulation of the Industrial Property Act, which relate to proceedings before the Board of Appeal.

27 April 2021

Board of Appeal confirms refusal of IT365 as being descriptive

The Board of Appeal has agreed with the Estonian Patent Office that the combination of the term ‘IT’ and the number 365 would be perceived as referring to IT services which are provided throughout the year.

29 October 2020

Board of Appeal reorganisation and changes to trademark-related administrative proceedings: what you need to know

Following the implementation of the Trademark Directive in Estonia, the Board of Appeal has been reorganised, and substantial changes have been made to the opposition procedure and the board’s scope of jurisdiction.

19 December 2019

Significant amendments to Estonian trademark legislation enter into force

On 1 April 2019 amendments to the Estonian Trademark Act and the related secondary legislation entered into force, which have introduced important changes and simplified the trademark registration procedure in Estonia.

03 September 2019

Board of Appeal dismisses opposition of CRAFTSMAN TOOLS mark after opponent transfers rights in earlier CRAFTSMAN marks

The Estonian Patent Office Board of Appeal has dismissed an opposition against the registration of the figurative mark CRAFTSMAN TOOLS in Classes 7, 8 and 35 based on the earlier word mark CRAFTSMAN in Classes 7, 8 and 9. Among other things, the board found that the opponent had no legitimate interest to be a party in the opposition procedure.

29 August 2019

IPONZ fee changes, Estonia new online trademark system, and Game of Thrones at INTA Annual Meeting: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Stella McCartney prevailing in a trademark dispute, Lego being named the United Kingdom’s favourite brand, the Mexican Industrial Property Office announcing a new electronic notification service, and much more.

09 April 2019

Draft Amendments to Trademarks Act and Principles of Legal Regulation of Industrial Property Act: key points highlighted

The Estonian IP landscape is set to undergo major changes this year, as the draft Amendments to the Trademarks Act and Principles of Legal Regulation of Industrial Property Act are currently before Parliament for their first reading.

29 January 2019

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