Region: European Union

Mixed results for Puma in big cat trademark dispute

The General Court found that the Board of Appeal had failed to carry out an overall assessment of whether two of the trademarks relied on by Puma had a reputation.

18 October 2022

Trademark-intensive industries contribute the most to EU economy, but wages lag behind

Trademark-intensive industries contribute significantly to GDP and employment in the EU, according to a new report by the EUIPO and EPO. However, professionals in those industries may be underpaid relative to their economic contribution.

12 October 2022

COMPAL v COPAL TREE: figurative element decisive in assessment of conceptual similarity

The General Court agreed that a significant part of the relevant public would find a conceptual identity between the figurative element of the earlier mark and the word ‘tree’ in the mark applied for.

12 October 2022

General Court confirms that BLACK IRISH is descriptive for beverages

The sign as a whole was descriptive in relation to beverages, as it simply informed the relevant public as to their colour and geographical origin.

07 October 2022

‘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

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