Region: Europe

Board of Appeal confirms ex officio ISIPO refusal of pharma mark

The refusal of pharmaceutical company Alvogen’s appeal highlights the importance of the principle of interdependence in the assessment of the likelihood of conclusion.

06 December 2021

USPTO enlists McGruff the Crime Dog; Lululemon fires back at Peloton; TMview reaches 100 million trademarks – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Japan Patent Office holding an ‘AI x Trademarks’ competition, Zoom versus Zoom in Japan, and much more.

03 December 2021

Oppositions flock to BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS

These two oppositions against the registration of BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANTS in Class 43 highlight how the EUIPO’s interpretation of the relevant public’s ability to speak the language of the marks impacts the likelihood of confusion assessment.

03 December 2021

“We need to be the enabler, not the inhibitor”: UKIPO deputy CEO transformation exclusive

Customer feedback will be vital in helping the UK Intellectual Property Office hit its next set of transformation targets, deputy CEO and director of operational delivery David Holdsworth tells WTR in an exclusive interview.

02 December 2021

Reviewing the doctrine of res judicata ‘ONE’ decision at a time

The judgment of the General Court in this long-running dispute between Nestlé and Amigüitos pets & life provides a helpful reminder of the instances in which the principle of res judicata should apply.

02 December 2021

Customs seizures drop a third in pandemic, EUIPO report finds

The number of fake items detained at the EU border fell by over a third last year, according to a new report by the EUIPO and the European Commission.

01 December 2021

Federal Court of Justice: trademark owners bear the burden of proving the public recognition of a trademark

The German Federal Court of Justice has recently clarified that trademark owners bear the burden of proving the public recognition of a trademark within the relevant trade circles in both cancellation and trademark application proceedings.

01 December 2021

USPTO reveals ID verification details; Peloton sues Lululemon; Guinness packaging blunder – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber resolving a dispute with a New York ad agency, amendments to the Hague System Common Regulations, and much more.

30 November 2021

GHD successfully opposes application for GOOD HAIR DAY based on slogan mark

This dispute over the right to register the sign GOOD HAIR DAY in respect of hair products shows that, once the hurdles to registration have been overcome, slogans can be a powerful tool for owners to protect their rights.

30 November 2021

Soremartec successfully invalidates registration of ART GLACIO RAFAELIO based on earlier RAFFAELLO marks

Soremartec SA was successful in proving that the registration of the mark ART GLACIO RAFAELIO for goods in Classes 29 and 30 in Lithuania would exploit the reputation of the RAFFAELLO mark and weaken its distinctive character.

30 November 2021

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