Region: European Union

The BALLON D'OR case, or why the specification must accurately reflect the goods and services offered

The decision is noteworthy in that it brings the focus on trademarks used in the context of a periodic event.

18 July 2022

EUIPO confirms NFT application approach amid filings spike

The EUIPO has clarified its approach to classifications for applications relating to virtual goods, NFTs and the metaverse. The announcement has been spurred by increasing application numbers.

11 July 2022

Unite the Union fails to obtain cancellation of WATERFORD mark for glassware

The Board of Appeal was right in finding that the Waterford Study did not prove that the city of Waterford had a reputation in relation to the production of crystal or glass.

08 July 2022

EU-NZ trade deal adds GI protection; Clint Eastwood CBD lawsuit win; Crystal Palace to enter metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at French police busting a Bordeaux wine counterfeiting operation, Mickey Mouse reaching its copyright expiry, and much more.

05 July 2022

EUIPO trends and top filers: 2021/22

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French personal care powerhouse L'Oréal was the leading corporate applicant for EU trademarks in the 12 months preceding 1 May 2022, some way ahead of second-placed Philip Morris,  EUIPO data reveals.

04 July 2022

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in finding that Class 12 goods and Class 35 services are similar

The Board of Appeal wrongly concluded that the “retail of apparatus and instruments for accumulating electricity” were offered in the same points of sale and, in essence, were aimed at the same public as “electronically motorised skateboards”.

04 July 2022

EUIPO techwatchers’ five top tech trends in IP

Experts from the EUIPO’s Technology Watch System share their take on the main IT trends in IP for 2022, and how the office is embracing them.

01 July 2022

Slogan trademarks - a report by the EUIPO

This update highlights some of the issues that rights owners should be aware of when considering the protection of slogans as registered trademarks.

01 July 2022

The ingredients for a successful ADR Service

The EUIPO expands on plans to establish a mediation centre.

29 June 2022

Fighting fakes block by block: what the future looks like

The EUIPO expands on how it is harnessing innovation on the blockchain to combat counterfeiting.

28 June 2022

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