Region: Iceland

Reykjanes District Court issues decision in PADDY’S dispute

The court found that the evidence clearly demonstrated that the words ‘Paddy’s Irish pub’ are used worldwide to designate establishments of a certain type.

17 February 2023

“A blow to Iceland Foods” – EUIPO rules against supermarket chain in Iceland v Iceland appeal

UK retailer Iceland Foods has lost an appeal to prevent the cancellation of its EU trademark registrations for ICELAND, a decision described by one expert as “slightly surprising”.

21 December 2022

Blow for Monster Energy as Board of Appeal confirms ex officio refusals of two marks

The Board of Appeal confirmed the ex officio refusal of two LIVE+ IGNITE marks for Class 32 goods, filed by Monster Energy Company, on the basis of an earlier registration for IGNITE in the name of Energy Brands Inc.

21 October 2022

Iceland and Iceland return to court; USPTO threatens termination of 13,000 marks; Ford heads to the metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Diageo winning an injunction over whiskey lookalikes, an NBA player seeking cancellation of a trademark filed by his mother, and much more.

13 September 2022

APPSTREAM refusal upheld on appeal

In a blow to Amazon Technologies, the Board of Appeal has agreed with the ISIPO that the word mark APPSTREAM lacked distinctive character for certain services in Class 42.

06 July 2022

Board of Appeal confirms refusal of mark consisting of basic shape

The Board of Appeal agreed with the ISIPO that a figurative trademark consisting of a rectangle with a thick, green outline lacked distinctive character.

03 March 2022

Board of Appeal confirms ex officio ISIPO refusal of pharma mark

The refusal of pharmaceutical company Alvogen’s appeal highlights the importance of the principle of interdependence in the assessment of the likelihood of conclusion.

06 December 2021

“Enormous significance” – Swiss Enforcement weighs in on importance of Iceland v Iceland

In an exclusive interview, Swiss Enforcement managing director David Stärkle reveals why the Iceland dispute at the EUIPO is important for the broader trademark ecosystem.

19 October 2021

INTA’s Iceland case amicus brief throws the spotlight on the registrability of country names as trademarks

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we scrutinise the amicus brief submitted by INTA on the registrability of country names as trademarks.

10 July 2021

Refusal of application for RING upheld on appeal

The Icelandic Board of Appeal has confirmed the partial refusal of the application for the mark RING on the ground that it was descriptive of certain goods in Class 9, including doorbells.

15 June 2021

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