Region: Europe

UK High Court decision sheds light on approach to unjustified threats

A patent dispute decision considered whether the use of Amazon’s IP enforcement procedures can constitute an actionable unjustified threat.

11 August 2022

How the challenging brand protection environment is affecting law firm trademark departments

With numerous socioeconomic challenges and rising workloads expected over the next 12 months, a wary approach is being adopted by most in the law firm industry.

11 August 2022

General Court confirms lack of bad faith in long-running GUGLER saga

The application for registration of the contested mark had an underlying commercial logic of expansion and of ensuring adequate protection for the family name Gugler.

10 August 2022

House of Zana prevails in Zara dispute; Amazon acquires iRobot; IPOPHL to promote GIs – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at KIPO pledging to improve the quality of its IP evaluation system, Asahi signing its biggest-ever marketing deal, and much more.

09 August 2022

New trademark law enters into force - what you need to know

This update highlights the main points of interest for trademark owners and practitioners, including the removal of the graphical representation requirement and the introduction of additional absolute and relative grounds for refusal.

08 August 2022

General Court considers use of trademark for hotel services where hotel is located outside the EU

The decision highlights that, where goods or services are provided abroad, advertising alone may be sufficient to amount to genuine use.

08 August 2022

Prosecco recognised in New Zealand; Better Call Saul trademark dispute; EUIPO new API platform – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Delhi High Court restraining a manufacturer for infringing a trademark owned by Cadbury, and much more.

05 August 2022

Milan court admits parent company's liability for infringement and allows INDICAM’s participation in relevant trials

This landmark decision establishes the liability of the parent company, not only for the damages caused, but also for the restitution of the profits made by its subsidiaries.

05 August 2022

General Court: Board of Appeal failed to examine links between parties in order to assess bad faith

The Board of Appeal ruled out the existence of bad faith without taking account of the relevant factors specific to the particular case - which, had they been taken into account, might have changed its assessment.

04 August 2022

IP Court clarifies criteria for assessing distinctive marks

The IP Court has overruled Rospatent with regard to the strength of visual elements of particular word marks, highlighting the subjective nature of assessment and the importance of visually distinctive branding.

04 August 2022

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