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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.

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

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29 Jan 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.  Read more

6 Nov 2018

Well-known healer’s name and alias protected to the benefit of his heirs

The Board of Appeal of Estonia has upheld oppositions filed by the heirs of well-known healer and writer Aleksander Heintalu (also known as Vigala Sass) against the registration of ALEKSANDER HEINTALU and VIGALA SASS. Read more

2 Oct 2018

Board of Appeal: no analogy between domain names/trade names and trademarks under Article 10(1)2

The Estonian Board of Appeal has dismissed an opposition against the registration of the mark KVARTAL based on the earlier trade name Kvartal OÜ and the domain names ‘kvartal.ee’ and ‘kvartal.eu’. Read more

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29 Jan 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.  Read more

6 Nov 2018

Well-known healer’s name and alias protected to the benefit of his heirs

The Board of Appeal of Estonia has upheld oppositions filed by the heirs of well-known healer and writer Aleksander Heintalu (also known as Vigala Sass) against the registration of ALEKSANDER HEINTALU and VIGALA SASS. Read more

15 Jan 2018

Trademark case proves no PIK-NIK as court upholds cheese string mark

The County Court of Harju has upheld a decision by the board of appeal that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HIIRTE JUUSTU PIKNIKUPULGAD and the earlier PIK-NIK trademarks. It held that the marks as a whole were dissimilar visually, phonetically and semantically, and that the word combination ‘Piknikupulgad’ was descriptive, lacked distinctive character and had become customary in the Estonian language. Read more

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13 Apr 2018

'Skyr' found to be descriptive of dairy products; opposition against SKYR BALTAIS rejected

The Estonian Board of Appeal has found that the figurative marks SKYR and SKYR BALTAIS in Class 29 were not similar, as the word ‘Skyr’ has meaning for Estonian consumers. Read more

14 Mar 2018

Blow for Starbucks in battle to enforce its logo: COFFEE HOUSE logo allowed to proceed to registration

The Estonian Board of Appeal has rejected Starbucks’s opposition against the registration of a figurative mark consisting of a green, round logo and the words ‘coffee house’ for coffee-related goods and services. Read more

15 Jan 2018

Trademark case proves no PIK-NIK as court upholds cheese string mark

The County Court of Harju has upheld a decision by the board of appeal that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HIIRTE JUUSTU PIKNIKUPULGAD and the earlier PIK-NIK trademarks. It held that the marks as a whole were dissimilar visually, phonetically and semantically, and that the word combination ‘Piknikupulgad’ was descriptive, lacked distinctive character and had become customary in the Estonian language. Read more

14 Mar 2017

Board of Appeal not convinced by father's argument that he sought to protect son's name as a trademark

The Board of Appeal has upheld dairy company AS TERE’s opposition against the registration of the mark ATS for “milk and dairy products” and “ice cream”, and upheld the opposition by Ats Teder, a minor, against AS TERE’s application for the mark TERE ATS for non-dairy products. Among other things, the board found that Ats Teder’s father must have been aware of AS TERE’s use of its mark for dairy products before he filed the application for the ATS mark in his son’s name. Read more

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