Region: European Union

Good news for Beiersdorf as General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between CCLABELLE and LABELLO

The General Court agreed with the EUIPO that there was a likelihood of confusion for goods in Classes 3 and 16, at least when the reputation of the earlier mark for lip care products was taken into account.

23 February 2022

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between TEAM BEVERAGE and TEAM

The decision shows that there is room for broad interpretations in trademark cases, which may lead to surprising results.

22 February 2022

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion due to high similarity between earlier mark and co-dominant element in contested mark

The conclusion that there was a likelihood of confusion in the minds of the relevant public was further reinforced by the fact that the relevant public may perceive the contested sign as an ‘umbrella’ mark.

18 February 2022

EUIPO celebrates record-breaking filing year, but 2022 could begin downward trend

With the numbers now in, the EUIPO is the latest office to reflect on a record-breaking year, with almost 200,000 EU trademark applications received in 2021.

17 February 2022

European Commission report gives ‘.eu’ a clean bill of health

Negative growth in 2019, which resulted from the saturation and consolidation of the domain name market, as well as the impact of Brexit, was offset by positive growth subsequent to the rise in demand for domain names during the covid-19 pandemic.

17 February 2022

Good news for Mattel as General Court upholds decision to invalidate dolls head design

This decision confirms that commercial or aesthetic considerations are irrelevant to the assessment of the designer's freedom in creating a design.

15 February 2022

Water purifier design decision: sometimes a resin bag is just a resin bag…

This case highlights the approach taken by the EUIPO and the General Court in examining invalidity actions on the ground that the features of a design are dictated solely by their technical function.

11 February 2022

Application for WOOD STEP LAMINATE FLOORING does not survive opposition based on earlier STEP mark

The case highlights that the possible existence of a likelihood of confusion on the part of a section of the relevant public in the European Union is sufficient for registration of a mark to be refused.

09 February 2022

Moon boots: famous but not distinctive

This decision of the General Court highlights that the issue of whether a mark has a reputation is not relevant with regard to the examination of distinctive character.

07 February 2022

1ST AMERICAN in second round before the General Court

This is the second decision of the General Court in opposition proceedings against the registration of a mark consisting of the word element ‘1st American’ and the representation of an eagle.

04 February 2022

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