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The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks.

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations
1 Mar 2019

Vice YouTube takedown sparks outrage, Banksy wins IP case, and Macedonia mark update: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Mongols biker gang keeping their logo trademark, how online uses of the words ‘fake’ and ‘replica’ are rising significantly, and much more.

7 Nov 2018

Compulsory conundrum: debate surrounds mandatory mediation for IP disputes

The introduction of mandatory mediation in Greece has faced criticism which eventually led to its suspension; a move that has left question marks over whether wider adoption of such a model is viable.

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14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Greece

Seizures and detentions of counterfeit goods took place in significant volume in Greece during 2018. Large seizures also took place involving goods in transit to neighbouring countries of the Balkan peninsula. Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Greece

A bifurcated system exists in Greece. The Trademark Office and the administrative courts are exclusively competent for all matters related to the existence and cancellation of marks, including oppositions and invalidity actions. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

In order to obtain protection, an unregistered sign must have distinctive character and must have been used in commerce. No specific statutory conditions outline the extent and type of use that will satisfy these criteria. Read more

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18 May 2017

International anti-counterfeiting legislation: existing regime and future developments

Despite efforts to identify the optimal legal framework and most efficient strategies to combat counterfeiting, it remains a constant problem worldwide. Concerns are expressed at all levels – from governments to international organisations and individual stakeholders – and are centred on the need to establish a healthy and secure market for consumers, ensure the protection of legitimate trade and promote competition. Read more

18 May 2017

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Greece

Seizures and detentions of counterfeit goods continued to be significant in Greece in 2016. Following on from the imposition of special consumption taxes on alcohol, tobacco and petrol a couple of years ago, there has been a significant increase in counterfeiting activity with regard to cigarettes and spirits. Read more

3 Oct 2016

EU customs seizures skyrocketed in 2015; concerns raised that counterfeit issue being ‘massively underestimated’

The European Commission’s latest annual report into EU customs enforcement has found that the level of suspected counterfeit articles detained by authorities rose by 15% year-on-year, with the number of applications for action up by a startling 59% across the same time period. While the estimated value of the detailed articles totals nearly €650 million, one expert claims the report could be massively underestimating the scope of the problem. Read more

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31 Aug 2016

RED BULL mark held to be famous

Red Bull GmbH, the manufacturer and supplier of the famous Red Bull Energy Drink, has filed an opposition in Greece against the trademark application ‘Τρελός Ταύρος’ (CRAZY BULL) and device, based on the mark RED BULL and device number 125.623, also invoking a series of its other BULL/RED BULL marks. Read more

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14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Greece

Seizures and detentions of counterfeit goods took place in significant volume in Greece during 2018. Large seizures also took place involving goods in transit to neighbouring countries of the Balkan peninsula. Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Greece

A bifurcated system exists in Greece. The Trademark Office and the administrative courts are exclusively competent for all matters related to the existence and cancellation of marks, including oppositions and invalidity actions. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

In order to obtain protection, an unregistered sign must have distinctive character and must have been used in commerce. No specific statutory conditions outline the extent and type of use that will satisfy these criteria. Read more

15 Jun 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more. Read more

Portfolio management

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26 Oct 2016

EUIPO affirms opposition rejection in trademark dispute over use of barcodes

The Appeal Division of the EU Intellectual Property Office has upheld the decision to reject the Greek Association of Businesses for the Management of International GS1 Standards' opposition filed against the use of a barcode trademark. Read more

31 Aug 2016

RED BULL mark held to be famous

Red Bull GmbH, the manufacturer and supplier of the famous Red Bull Energy Drink, has filed an opposition in Greece against the trademark application ‘Τρελός Ταύρος’ (CRAZY BULL) and device, based on the mark RED BULL and device number 125.623, also invoking a series of its other BULL/RED BULL marks. Read more

Trademark law

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15 Jun 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more. Read more

11 Dec 2017

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Greece

Industrial designs in Greece may be protected at the international, EU and national levels. Registered international designs with Greece as a designated state have the same effect as a valid national registration. Registered Community designs are automatically valid in Greece. Unregistered designs are also protected in Greece under EU law. Read more

29 Mar 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Greece

Any individual or legal entity may file for the registration of trademarks, while clubs and associations may apply for the registration of collective trademarks. In case of more than one applicant, a common representative must be appointed. Read more

8 Dec 2016

GNETWORK infringes Google marks: court finds bad faith

The Athens Administrative Court has held that the national registration for GNETWORK was filed in bad faith and intended to take advantage of Google’s notoriety, thereby running the risk of weakening its distinctive power. The court reversed the decision of the Administrative Trademark Committee, accepted the recourse and ordered the cancellation of GNETWORK from the register. Read more

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