Region: Europe

Pfizer’s opposition against registration of RUXXIMLA partially successful

The case confirms that the high degree of attention of the relevant public in respect of goods/services related to the medical field does not automatically rule out the existence of a likelihood of confusion.

26 November 2021

AC Milan fails to register AC MILAN mark for stationery

In a blow to AC Milan football club, the General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark AC MILAN and the earlier German mark MILAN for Class 16 goods.

25 November 2021

IPEC ruling favours one Archangel over another

This dispute between two holistic therapists over the use of the mark ARCHANGEL ALCHEMY shows that the protection of a registered trademark may be trumped by prior unregistered rights.

25 November 2021

When refiling is a better option than renewing

There are valuable strategic benefits to refiling a trademark that has gone unused instead of renewing it - particularly in Serbia and Kosovo - with avoiding cancellation due to non-use being just one.

25 November 2021

Nissan v EUIPO: General Court rules that E-POWER and VDL E-POWER are not confusingly similar

This dispute between Japanese car manufacturer Nissan and Dutch company VDL Groep highlights the role that company names can play within composite marks.

24 November 2021

Innovation at the Latvian Patent Office: exclusive insights

In an exclusive guest post, representatives from the Patent Office of Latvia reveal the agency’s recent developments of its digital tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future.

23 November 2021

MONSTER ENERGY case: what’s in a coffee?

The General Court has found in favour of Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH in another of its cases against Monster Energy Co concerning the MONSTER marks.

23 November 2021

General Court considers likelihood of confusion between ‘Süzme Peynir’ marks

The mere fact that ‘Süzme Peynir’ means something (ie, ‘cottage cheese’) to the Turkish-speaking public was not sufficient to establish a particular category of consumers targeted by the application for PINAR SÜZME PEYNIR.

22 November 2021

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report

For a final time, WTR takes a look at the highlights and learnings from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.

19 November 2021

Shell ditches ‘Royal Dutch’; INFORM Consumers Act applauded; EUIPO adjusts attachment pilot – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group buying a UK photography archive, 10 million adverts for counterfeit goods being removed, and much more.

19 November 2021

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