Region: European Union

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

CJEU: member states are obliged to prevent use of PDOs on goods exported to third countries

The CJEU has held that, by failing to prevent or stop the use by Danish dairy producers of the PDO ‘Feta’ to designate cheese not complying with the product specification, Denmark had failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 13 of Regulation 1151/2012.

05 September 2022

The great debate: should retail platforms be liable for trademark infringement?

The benefits of increasing platform liability for online trademark infringement outweigh the risks, argues Mewburn Ellis senior professional support lawyer Emma Kennaugh-Gallacher, in this week’s Saturday opinion.

03 September 2022

Counterfeit hotspots in Cyprus that you must be aware of

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In an updated edition from our series into physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

01 September 2022

All bets are off: EUIPO holds that Lottoland’s Powerball TM was filed in bad faith

The Cancellation Division observed that Lottoland had attempted to monopolise the use of Powerball within the European Union and to prevent its competitors from using or referring to Powerball, both of which demonstrated evidence of bad faith.

18 August 2022

Backward step for Louboutin in complaint against Amazon

Advocate General Maciej Szpunar’s opinion suggests that, if it is made clear to the reasonably well-informed and reasonably observant internet user that goods are offered by a third party, an intermediary platform may not infringe an owner's EU trademark rights.

15 August 2022

KOPOBKA KOROVKA v KRÓWKA: General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion

In light of the differences between the marks, the relevant public would not perceive the contested marks as a playful variation of the earlier mark.

12 August 2022

General Court confirms lack of bad faith in long-running GUGLER saga

The application for registration of the contested mark had an underlying commercial logic of expansion and of ensuring adequate protection for the family name Gugler.

10 August 2022

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