Region: European Union

‘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

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

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

Board of Appeal decision highlights difficulties in registering 3D marks for everyday consumer goods

The decision emphasises that distinctive character acquired through use must be shown throughout the territory of the European Union, and not only in a substantial part of it.

27 September 2022

General Court: EUIPO can ignore absolute ground for invalidity if relative ground is sufficient

The EUIPO was entitled not to re-examine all the grounds and arguments put forward in support of the application for a declaration of invalidity.

13 September 2022

US launches new effort with Europe to stop transshipment of illicit health products

The US Food and Drug Administration calls on industry as it expands 'whole of governments' campaign from the United Kingdom to the European Union.

08 September 2022

EUIPO celebrates 28th anniversary; FIFA to launch NFT platform; Citroën and Polestar settle logo dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Primark settling a Truworths dispute, the Prince estate prevailing against an energy drink company, and much more.

06 September 2022

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