Exclusive research from WTR can reveal that Manchester United has the largest football brand portfolio in the world, with Lionel Messi boasting the most significant number of registrations for a single player.
Analysis from WTR finds that the clubs set to be involved in the European Super League are leading holders of brand value and trademark registrations – even if, in some cases, they have had little trophy success in recent years.
In a case involving the sale of fake garments at a fair, the Madrid Court of Appeal has found that the Trial Court had wrongly qualified the offence as a misdemeanour against intellectual property - rather than as a criminal offence. Read more
The Madrid Court of Appealhas upheld a trial court decision in which the defendants were sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine for illegally reproducing marks of musical groups, including those of Iron Maiden. Read more
In a case involving the import for commercial purposes of counterfeit shoes bearing brands and designs owned by adidas, the Spanish Supreme Court has dismissed a cassation appeal against a judgment imposing an 18-month prison sentence on the defendants. Read more
Distinctive signs are principally governed by the Trademark Act (17/2001), which has been partially modified by Royal Decree-Law 23/2018 in order to incorporate EU Directive 2015/2436, and it is complemented by Royal Decree 687/2002. Read more
The court found that the defendant’s use of the mark TUV WORLD not only took advantage of the reputation of the well-known trademark TÜV, but may also have damaged that reputation in the context of covid-19. Read more
Section 8 of the Court of Appeal of Alicante - acting as the Community Design Court – has confirmed the infringement of a Community design owned by Jemella Limited, which protects the shape of the well-known GHD IV Styler hair straighteners. Read more
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. Read more
In exclusive research from WTR, the EUIPO has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the third year in a row. Closely behind are the registries of Chile, Singapore and Spain. Read more
In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government pledging to crackdown on counterfeit goods, a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise, and much more. Read more
Research conducted by <i>World Trademark Review</i> reveals the leading trademark filers in the football world, with FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United topping the list. It also demonstrates that Leicester City – a team that shocked the football fraternity by winning the Premier League title two months ago – do not yet have a trademark portfolio that matches its newfound success; although a club spokesperson tells us that it has plans to change that.
In Spain, the rapid spread of covid-19 has led to the adoption of various measures in the judicial and administrative areas. This update highlights the measures of interest for IP owners and practitioners. Read more
The Granada Court of Appeal has upheld a lower-court decision finding that the owner of the Café Jazz La Champagnería had infringed the ‘Champagne’ designation of origin (Appeal 307/2015, October 28 2015).
The Barcelona Commercial Court Number 2 has dismissed Fotoprix’s trademark infringement and unfair competition action against Vistaprint, and upheld Vistaprint’s counterclaim for a declaration of partial invalidity and partial cancellation of Fotoprix’s FOTOLIBRO mark. Among other things, the court referred to the ECJ’s decision in <I>Google France</I> to decide whether Vistaprint’s use of Fotoprix’s marks as AdWords amounted to infringement.
Red.es, the registry responsible for domain name registrations in Spain, has announced that a total of 1,696,538 ‘.es’ domain names were registered at the end of 2013, representing an increase of 5.1% compared to the number of registered domain names at the end of 2012. In contrast, there were recorded negative growth rates in many other domain name extensions in the same period.
Following an eventful parliamentary procedure, the Sustainable Economy Act (Law 2/2011) came into force on March 7 2011. Among other things, the act introduces a preliminary injunction procedure aimed at removing content from websites in relation to activities that infringe IP rights.
The Third Commercial Court of Barcelona has granted a request for an interim injunction filed by Société des Produits Nestlé SA and Nestlé España SA against a natural person residing outside Spain. The court ordered the blocking of the defendant's website, which featured a promotional campaign for Nestlé cereals.
In a case involving multinational retailer Carrefour, the Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed that under no circumstances can a trademark that is no longer used on the market seek protection. Read more
With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club. Read more
The legal framework relating to industrial designs in Spain is circumscribed, as far as national legislation is concerned, to Law 20/2003 on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs (7 July 2003) and the Regulation for the Implementation of Law 20/2003 on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs, approved by Royal Decree 1937/2004 (7 September 2004). Read more
Following the approval of a preliminary draft law partially amending the Spanish Trademark Act in order to incorporate Directive 2015/2436, various consulting bodies have given their opinions on the draft text, highlighting certain aspects which they believed could be improved. Read more
Exclusive research by World Trademark Review reveals the filing activity of the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, and finds that Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any team in the world. Read more