Region: Europe

‘Absolut-ly’ distinctive: vodka bottle found distinctive and to indicate trade origin on appeal

The Board of Appeal of the EUIPO found that the relevant public could easily recognise Absolut Company’s imaginative bottle get-up.

05 October 2022

Ben & Jerry’s adds to Unilever spat; Peloton and Lulemon settle; OpSec launches authentication product – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at reports that only 10% of SMEs are registering EU IP rights, offices responding to the WIPO GII, ICANN participating in EU Cybersecurity Month, and much more.

04 October 2022

BULL overcomes DAWG at the High Court

The decision confirms that the intention of an applicant is not relevant when considering whether their proposed mark will obtain an unfair advantage.

04 October 2022

Legislation and IP policy watch: the current state of play

Our new monthly column tracks trademark and related policy developments, and follows the progress of major bills, from around the world.

03 October 2022

Duck fight: when reputation comes to the rescue of the ‘risk of confusion’ assessment

In opposition proceedings involving two figurative marks including the representation of a duck, the General Court has confirmed that there was a risk that the mark applied for would derive undue benefit from the reputation of the earlier mark.

03 October 2022

Non-use revocation action against STEAM for “beer” unsuccessful

The case confirms that the affixing of a mark on transport packaging may constitute proof of genuine use of that mark.

29 September 2022

Allegro’s controversial bid for a single-colour mark

There are a limited number of colours available for registration and single-colour marks are hard won in Poland. A recent application by a popular e-commerce site illustrates the obstacles in the way – and potential rewards – of obtaining such registrations.

29 September 2022

EUIPO offers anti-counterfeiting roadmap for transport and logistics services

A new EUIPO discussion paper highlights the key challenges facing transport and logistics services companies while offering best practices for combatting illicit activity along international trade routes.

28 September 2022

HOUSE OF ZANA trademarks registered following unsuccessful opposition by Zara brand

The mental link a consumer would make between the mark HOUSE OF ZANA and the earlier mark ZARA was “too insubstantial and fleeting” to result in an image transfer and free-riding.

28 September 2022

Salvatore Ferragamo rebrands; UKIPO seeks CEO; influencer sentenced for selling fakes – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a San Francisco business ditching a MOCHI MUFFIN trademark application, Korean brands being targeted by illegal registrations in China, and much more.

27 September 2022

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