Region: Europe

Halloumi lovers cheesed-off by GRILLOUMI BURGERS

These General Court decisions serve as a reminder that certification marks are not protected geographical indications of origin and cannot be relied upon as such.

18 January 2022

Banksy NFT collection to launch from controversial multimillionaire trademark activist

Millionaire entrepreneur Mike Lin reveals the imminent launch of an NFT collection featuring well-known Banksy artworks, and boldly declares he is “hoping for legal troubles”.

17 January 2022

MANUKA HONEY certification mark comes unstuck at the UKIPO

The decision is a blow to New Zealand producers of Manuka honey.

17 January 2022

No trademark or unfair competition law protection for traditional Oslo restaurant’s name and logo, confirms Supreme Court

This is the second of two Norwegian Supreme Court decisions handed down on the same day dealing with the relationship between trademark law and unfair competition law.

14 January 2022

UKIPO seeks design views; INTA files amicus brief; Lego delays Activision Blizzard partnership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the French and Singapore IP office cooperation, the Kazakhstan IP registry responding to nationwide unrest, and much more.

14 January 2022

Quality no longer affects assessment of trademark recognition in Polish courts

A Supreme Administrative Court decision has finally brought Polish practice for judging recognition of trademarks in line with EU standards by disassociating perceived product quality from brand recognition.

13 January 2022

Federal Supreme Court seeks clarification on visibility criterion in German design law

The forthcoming CJEU definition of the ‘visibility criterion’ by German courts could have significant implications for the relevance of characteristic design features not visible during normal/intended use in EU design infringement cases.

13 January 2022

Cancellation case provides warning to appellants to the General Court

The case serves as a reminder that, where a decision is based on several pillars of reasoning, each of which is sufficient to justify its operative part, it is not possible to justify the annulment of the decision based only on one pillar.

11 January 2022

Supreme Court confirms that purchase of competitors’ trademarks as keywords on search engines does not violate unfair competition law

This is one of two Norwegian Supreme Court decisions handed down on the same day regarding the relationship between trademark law and unfair competition law.

07 January 2022

EUIPO and KIPO ranked most innovative IP offices in the world

In newly-released exclusive research, the EU and Korean IP offices have been named as the most innovative IP agencies in the world.

05 January 2022

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