Region: Europe

Non-parties can be bound by pre-existing arbitration agreements, Court of Appeal decides

It is crucial to thoroughly review pre-existing agreements, as they will affect a party’s ability to use and enforce assigned rights.

09 March 2022

Urbanbubble trademark dispute runs out of air

The decision is a useful reminder of the potential risk of assenting - or failing to object - to another's use of a similar sign.

08 March 2022

Russian government considers suspending IP rights of foreign companies

The Russian government has announced that it is considering “lifting restrictions on the use of intellectual property contained in certain goods” that cannot be imported due to sanctions.

07 March 2022

ANDORRA is devoid of distinctive character, rules General Court

The General Court confirmed that the sign would be perceived as designating the geographical origin of the goods and services at issue, or as the place where those services were provided.

07 March 2022

Online marketplaces in France that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next edition of our series on the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to France.

04 March 2022

Who owns the trademark GYRO for lighting apparatus in Denmark?

At issue in this case was whether use-based trademark rights to GYRO had been established by one party prior to the other party’s registration of the mark, and whether the trademark application had been filed in bad faith.

04 March 2022

UKIPO pledges Ukraine support; Instagram fraud drops 20%; Fox Sports sued over USFL – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Ukrainian IP office maintaining ‘normal operation’ mode, Unified Brands and Roku teaming up to combat online counterfeiters, and much more.

04 March 2022

How Brexit and covid-19 disruptions contributed to an increase in product recalls across Europe

Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic created significant disruptions in both the EU and UK markets last year. With that in mind, new research has signposted a number of product safety and brand reputation risks that companies operating in Europe should prepare for now.

03 March 2022

Court refuses to stay UK “unjustified threats” claim pending the outcome of EUIPO proceedings

A long-running dispute involving knitting needles has provided clarity on the remit of Article 132 of the EU Trademark Regulation, particularly in relation to unjustified threats proceedings in the United Kingdom. The case also serves as a useful reminder of the far-reaching impact of takedown notices and their potential to result in costly litigation

03 March 2022

Board of Appeal confirms refusal of mark consisting of basic shape

The Board of Appeal agreed with the ISIPO that a figurative trademark consisting of a rectangle with a thick, green outline lacked distinctive character.

03 March 2022

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