Region: European Union

European IP offices: a year in review and what to expect in 2023

As 2023 nears, representatives from major IP offices across Europe share their annual highlights and what trademark practitioners should look out for in the future.

24 November 2022

K v K K WATER: General Court confirms that single-letter trademarks benefit from limited protection

In a victory for French cosmetics giant L'Oréal, the court found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the company’s figurative sign K K WATER and the earlier mark K for identical goods.

24 November 2022

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices conducted in response to the covid-19 pandemic.

24 November 2022

CB v CCB: General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion in long-running dispute

In a blow to France's national interbank network, the General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between China Construction Bank Corp’s figurative mark CCB and the earlier figurative mark CB for Class 36 services.

22 November 2022

EU Parliament passes NIS2 Directive, addresses access to accurate WHOIS data

Loophole removed from cybersecurity measure; Council approval expected Friday.

17 November 2022

Juventus’ landmark NFT injunction paves the way for metaverse enforcement

Juventus FC has won a landmark ruling that could open the door for brands that take on unauthorised NFT creators.

17 November 2022

“A turning point”: Banksy earns significant victory as EU trademark cancellation annulled

The EUIPO Fifth Board of Appeal has ruled that a trademark of a famous monkey image by renowned street artist Banksy is valid.

16 November 2022

General Court refuses to revoke 3D baby bottle shape mark due to non-use

The decision, which focuses on the strength of the shape itself, will be welcomed by owners of 3D marks.

11 November 2022

General Court finds genuine use of ALDI mark

A key factor was that one of the earlier marks relied on by Aldi was registered before the CJEU’s Praktiker judgment, which essentially clarified the effects of trademarks registered for “retail services” without further specifications.

10 November 2022

General Court: Board of Appeal departed from position of impartiality in invalidity proceedings

The decision highlights that merely ticking boxes in an application for a declaration of invalidity will not be sufficient.

08 November 2022

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