Region: Europe

United Kingdom

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

Section 10 of the Trademarks Act 1994 states that a UK-registered trademark will be infringed if a sign is used in the course of trade in the United Kingdom that is:

20 December 2021

Turkey

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

At a national level, the Industrial Property Code 6769 (10 January 2017) governs the principles, rules and conditions relating to the protection of trademarks, patents, utility models, designs and geographical indications.

20 December 2021

France

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

Trademark law rules and regulations National law: Trademark law is codified in the French IP Code in Articles L711-1 to L731- 4. In addition, Article 1240 of the Civil Code prohibits unfair competition and parasitic acts.

20 December 2021

Spider-Man comic trademark battle; UKIPO denies New Zealand manuka honey GI; CIPO backlog appears to stabilise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WIPO launching a new global awards programme, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seizing fake jewellery and scarves, and much more.

17 December 2021

General Court reiterates criteria for assessing validity of designs in cheese design case

This case serves as an important reminder that designs can be declared invalid based on a much wider range of prior rights than for trademarks.

16 December 2021

A STEALTH-y acquisition of trademark rights

This case raises important questions as to how long two entities must co-exist with the same or a similar mark to meet the requirements for a successful defence of honest concurrent use.

16 December 2021

Polish IP office launches authenticity verification tool in fight against fraudsters

Following a wave of scams targeted at trademark owners, the office has introduced a digital verification tool to prevent trademark owners falling prey to fraudulent invoices and correspondence.

16 December 2021

A stealthy avoidance of summary judgment at the UK High Court

An application for summary judgment over a trademark infringement claim has failed on the basis that further information and evidence would be materially beneficial to the court. The case involved two entities launching similar products under similar brand names – an increasingly common scenario.

16 December 2021

Inditex unsuccessful in ZARA appeal to the General Court

Spanish retail giant Inditex has been unsuccessful on appeal in its attempt to register the mark ZARA for a variety of food products, and retail, wholesale and restaurant services.

14 December 2021

Madrid e-Filing now available to applicants in Turkey

Turkey has recently joined the countries that enable applicants to file their international trademark applications directly through the Madrid e-Filing service.

14 December 2021

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