Region: Europe

“Every little bit of help from brands is useful” – Ukrainian MP urges companies to take action

In an exclusive interview with WTR, Ukrainian MP Sviatoslav Yurash has called on international organisations to speak up about the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces.

02 March 2022

District Court finds that company linked to Michael Gleissner acted in bad faith

In a victory for US company Corning, the manufacturer of the Gorilla Glass (which is used by many smartphone makers), a Riga court has held that Fashion One Television had acted in bad faith in applying to register the mark GORILLA.

01 March 2022

Good news for Daimler as court finds likelihood of indirect confusion between EQ and EQART in Class 12

The Federal Administrative Court held that a likelihood of indirect confusion could not be excluded, despite the increased level of attention of consumers when purchasing motorised vehicles.

28 February 2022

Innocent advert ban highlights how careful brands must be when marketing green credentials

The UK’s Advertising Standards Association upheld complaint about environmental claims by Innocent is an important one for brand counsel to consider.

26 February 2022

Hetec v Heitec: General Court provides primer on time limits and proof of genuine use

The key issues in these cancellation proceedings were the admissibility of the evidence submitted late to the EUIPO to demonstrate the genuine use of the mark HEITEC, and the probatory value of such evidence.

25 February 2022

Popular tourist design held invalid

An individual brought an action for infringement of his two registered designs, which were for the front and back of a hoody and tee-shirt bearing the words ‘London’ and ‘England’ and the Union flag - but ended up having his designs declared invalid.

24 February 2022

Truth Social: Trump's global launch plan could face EU legal hurdle

WTR can reveal two registered trademarks for TRUTH SOCIAL, with one legal expert claiming they “could be an obstacle” if the platform rolls out to European users.

23 February 2022

Good news for Beiersdorf as General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between CCLABELLE and LABELLO

The General Court agreed with the EUIPO that there was a likelihood of confusion for goods in Classes 3 and 16, at least when the reputation of the earlier mark for lip care products was taken into account.

23 February 2022

Tokopedia decries notorious market label; possible Porsche IPO; Crocs acquires HEYDUDE – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at BBC Studios joining the International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy, INTA hosting the entreprenuHERship legal clinic, and much more.

22 February 2022

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between TEAM BEVERAGE and TEAM

The decision shows that there is room for broad interpretations in trademark cases, which may lead to surprising results.

22 February 2022

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