Region: Switzerland

FIFA releases 2026 IP guidelines; Meta and Christian Louboutin file joint suit; Grok domain infringement rife – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a long-running AIG dispute concluding with a settlement, US Customs seizing copycat of a rare collectors’ watch, and much more.

28 November 2023

BAUR AU LAC case: Federal Supreme Court puts an end to trademark dispute between two families

The decision serves as an important reminder of the differences between trademark use and registration.

21 November 2023

Harvesting rights: Federal Administrative Court grants protection to Apple’s device mark for content-related goods

The court notably stressed that the IPO's current approach obstructs the purpose of trademark law, making the registration of trademarks for content-related goods/services unachievable.

16 October 2023

Volkswagen successful on appeal in VOLKSWERKSTATT dispute

The court notably found that the services in Classes 37 and 39 covered by the VOLKSWERKSTATT mark were similar to the Class 12 goods covered by Volkswagen’s mark.

21 September 2023

Rolex acquires Bucherer; New Balance challenges Golden Goose; Rolls-Royce takes on HexClad – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Gucci being sued for patent infringement at the UPC, ‘.music’ and Google-operated TLDs preparing for sunrise, and much more.

29 August 2023

Critical GI lessons from influential K-Swiss dispute as Trademark Act demands increasingly careful consideration from applicants

The effects of the K-Swiss dispute before the Trademark Office are still being felt across India today, as absolute grounds of refusal under the Trademark Act are being more seriously deliberated. The office’s decision sheds light on the nuances of proving whether a trademark constitutes a geographical indication.

10 August 2023

From Moscow to Copenhagen? WIPO budget committee debates future funding of Russia office

A bitter debate has been playing out in Geneva this week, with delegates from WIPO member states arguing over the funding of the organisation’s office in Russia.

22 June 2023

Important practice change regarding word marks containing references to shapes or motifs

The change was prompted by a decision of the Swiss Supreme Court concerning the word mark BUTTERFLY.

12 June 2023

Federal Administrative Court: RED DRAGON is confusingly similar to RED BULL

The court concluded that, considering the low level of attention of the relevant consumers, "a wild, red beast" would stick in their memory.

05 April 2023

Tartlets and trademarks: Zurich Commercial Court considers trademark infringement dispute involving well-known confectionery

At issue in this case was whether the defendant, which runs a confectionery business on the premises of the former Conditorei Schober, was entitled to use the SCHOBER marks.

14 March 2023

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