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Red Cross considers digital emblem; Pokémon card counterfeiter arrested; IPONZ updates guidelines – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a Shanghai court sentencing an infringer to five years in prison, Louis Vuitton prevailing in India, and much more.

08 November 2022

General Court: Board of Appeal departed from position of impartiality in invalidity proceedings

The decision highlights that merely ticking boxes in an application for a declaration of invalidity will not be sufficient.

08 November 2022

High Court considers alleged infringement of Leighton Vans’ unregistered design rights

The case highlights the importance of the potential of confusing similarity in interim injunction proceedings, even when considering unregistered designs.

08 November 2022

Free-riding to free fall: General Court assesses bad faith in trademark dispute

This dispute involving an Ibiza club mark highlights the consequences of applying for registration of a mark in bad faith.

07 November 2022

Au Vodka takes a shot

This dispute involving rival vodka products sold in metallic bottles demonstrates the challenges in protecting and enforcing IP rights in ‘pure’ get-up cases.

04 November 2022

“If something is not visible financially, senior management will not pay attention”: INTA president expands on IP reporting efforts

Zeeger Vink provided an update on the association's activities on IP reporting at WIPO conversation on intangible asset finance

03 November 2022

Blow for Louis Vuitton Malletier in long-running chequerboard pattern case

French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton Malletier has lost the latest round of this protracted dispute, with the General Court confirming that the mark had not acquired distinctive character through use.

03 November 2022

Appeal court clarifies when to seek an expert witness in litigation

A recent case has sparked debate about when to request the opinion of an expert witness to help assess the risk of confusion. Some argue that this undermines the judge and prolongs cases, while others insist that it provides necessary insight.

03 November 2022

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

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

01 November 2022

General Court clarifies criteria for finding genuine use of figurative mark representing Chinese characters

The decision sheds light on the criteria to be considered in determining when the use of a mark consisting of characters or letters from non-EU alphabets may alter the distinctive character of the mark as registered.

01 November 2022

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