Region: Europe

Landmark CJEU ruling clarifies limits of rebranding generics as branded medicines

The court provided much needed guidance on how to reconcile trademark rights and the free movement of goods in relation to the parallel import of generic medicines.

02 December 2022

Legislation and IP policy watch: the current state of play (December 2022)

WTR’s monthly column tracking trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.

01 December 2022

“Proud heritage, bright future” – what the Benelux IP Office has planned for 2023 and beyond

In an exclusive guest post, the deputy director general of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, Hugues Derème, reveals some of the upcoming initiatives the office has planned.

01 December 2022

Court of Rome sides with Juventus in first European decision on use of trademarks in NFTs

The decision is particularly interesting in light of the future addition - from 1 January 2023 - of NFTs to the list of goods falling within Class 9.

30 November 2022

Major success for Banksy at the EUIPO Board of Appeal

The Fifth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO rejected the claim that the figurative mark known as “Laugh Now, But One Day We’ll Be In Charge” had been applied for in bad faith.

30 November 2022

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between GREENWICH POLO CLUB and BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB

The court found that the place names ‘Greenwich’ and ‘Beverly Hills’ had only a low, or even very low, impact on the conceptual content of the signs, since they would still refer to the same concept of the game of polo.

29 November 2022

Counterfeit hotspots in Malta that brand owners should have on their enforcement radar

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In a major update from our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

28 November 2022

Well, well, well… General Court confirms that WELL AND WELL pharma mark has limited scope of protection

This is the third time that the owner of the mark WELL AND WELL has unsuccessfully opposed the registration of a mark containing the element ‘well’ for pharmaceutical goods and services.

28 November 2022

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between marks representing a head

While the earlier marks consisted of the representation of a canine head, the overall impression created by the opposed sign made the identification of the head of an animal, let alone of a particular animal, highly arbitrary.

25 November 2022

European IP offices: a year in review and what to expect in 2023

As 2023 nears, representatives from major IP offices across Europe share their annual highlights and what trademark practitioners should look out for in the future.

24 November 2022

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