Region: Europe

UDRP first element: one letter difference, but not confusingly similar

While a difference of one letter between a trademark and a domain name is often considered to qualify as ‘confusingly similar’, closer analysis of exceptions to this principle provides valuable illumination to rights holders.

11 November 2021

Appeal court issues significant decision on jurisdiction in case of online infringement

This decision of the Regional Court of Appeal may encourage foreign companies with registered trademarks in Turkey to sue more readily in case of online trademark infringement.

11 November 2021

Appeal court overturns lower court’s decision in cable car logo dispute

The district court’s decision in this dispute between two cable car venues in Norwegian beauty spots had received some criticism for its application of Paragraphs 30 and 25 of the Marketing Control Act.

11 November 2021

“Enormous momentum” – global spread of plain packaging revealed in new report

A new report delves into health warnings and plain packaging on tobacco products, revealing a significant uptick in brand restrictions over the past couple of years.

10 November 2021

General Court considers several issues concerning disclosure of earlier designs

These cancellation proceedings involving various designs for spiral hair ties provide a helpful reminder of the types of evidence that may be submitted to prove the prior disclosure of a design.

10 November 2021

CRUSTUM opposition highlights interplay of trademarks and copyrights

The Appeal Division of the State Patent Bureau of Lithuania has rejected an opposition filed by UAB Gustum against the registration of the mark CRUSTUM based on alleged copyright in the sign CRUSTUM.

08 November 2021

Brand Tracker: key data insights into the trademark activity of the world’s major companies (May – August 2021)

Samsung seeks greater protection for its UTG brand, while Microsoft focuses on core name and products.

05 November 2021

EUIPO gears up for API launch; Buy Safe America Coalition calls for action; Fat Brands acquires Fazoli’s – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at why brands with sonic logos are perceived as 5% more valuable, Coca-Cola gaining full control of BodyArmor, and much more.

05 November 2021

Different stylisations insufficient to eliminate likelihood of confusion between signs containing similar dominant word elements

The General Court confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative marks DORMILLO and DORMILON for beds and mattresses.

05 November 2021

Surprising UKIPO decision finds likelihood of confusion on the basis of non-distinctive and descriptive common element

In this guest analysis, Allen & Overy’s Robert Dickens argue that a recent UKIPO decision cuts across a fundamental principle of the trademark legal framework.

04 November 2021

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