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01 May 2018

Last orders! High phonetic similarity between marks for alcohol sufficient to create likelihood of confusion

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between YAMAS and LLAMA for alcoholic drinks due to the high phonetic similarity between the marks for the Spanish-speaking public.

01 May 2018

Coexistence of trademarks: Federal Court's decision reaffirms limited scope of consent agreements

The Federal Court of Canada has upheld the refusal to register EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD because it was confusing with the registered mark ROTHSCHILD - despite the fact that the applicant submitted a consent agreement with the owner of the cited mark.

27 April 2018

Good news for brands owners: custodial sentences given to owners of stores selling counterfeit goods

Following a significant operation carried out at Ecuador’s largest informal market, the owners of three stores in which counterfeit goods were seized were arrested and given prison sentences.

09 April 2018

ECJ delivers blow to mobile.de: cancellation proceedings against MOBILE.DE can resume

Following a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the long-running cancellation proceedings between mobile.de GmbH and Rezon OOD can now continue before the Cancellation Division of the EUIPO.

06 April 2018

First draft of new trademark law: what are the main changes?

The Romanian Patent and Trademark Office has published the first draft of the new trademark law, which aims to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into national legislation. This update sums up the most important changes.

03 April 2018

Is figurative mark containing word 'Mafia' contrary to public policy? General Court decides

The EU General Court has confirmed a decision of the EUIPO upholding the Italian government’s application for a declaration of invalidity of the figurative mark LA MAFIA SE SIENTA A LA MESA.

10 May 2018

As Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance grows, is Amazon now the primary battleground in the war against fakes?

Alibaba Group has confirmed that membership to its Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance has climbed to over 100 brands. Exclusive survey data reveals the Chinese retail giant is still a challenge for rights holders – but respondents claim Amazon is “less and less willing to help brand owners”.

09 May 2018

China’s trademark office to drastically reduce filing times; experts confident quality will be maintained

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has revealed that filing review times at the trademark office will be reduced to six months by the end of the year and to four months by 2020. We speak with experts in the country for their view on the implications of this ambitious move.

04 May 2018

3D Kit Kat mark: advocate general delivers further blow to Nestlé

The advocate general has delivered another blow to Nestlé in its long-running attempt to register the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat bar as a three-dimensional EU mark.

02 May 2018

Beijing IP Court's LIVINGSOCIAL decision: proving copyright ownership in trademark disputes

In opposition proceedings against the device mark LIVINGSOCIAL, the Beijing IP Court has held that, without compelling evidence that the mark was created independently, it infringed the prior copyright of LivingSocial.

25 April 2018

Victory for Coca-Cola: Delhi High Court grants permanent injunction against use of KINLEY

The Delhi High Court has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Glacier Water Industries from using Coca-Cola’s KINLEY mark and passing off its goods as those of Coca-Cola.

24 April 2018

Blow for Crocs: 3D mark representing famous clogs declared invalid

The Dominican Republic's Patent and Trademark Office has ordered the cancellation of a 3D trademark representing Crocs Inc's famous clog shoe, as the mark was considered to be functional.  

24 April 2018

Preparing for the next round of new gTLDs: ICANN insider reveals key issues brand owners need to be aware of

World Trademark Review sits down with Jeff Neuman, co-chair of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group, to talk about the next new gTLDs application window .

20 April 2018

Expedited examination at Rospatent 2.0: benefits and challenges for brand owners

While the new timeframe for the expedited examination of trademarks in Russia provides significant benefits for applicants, it also creates challenges for brand owners wishing to block applications at examination stage.

28 February 2018

Local use and invalidations: when use can defeat a registration

The Court of Appeal has considered when unregistered use can defeat an existing trademark registration, finding that localised unregistered use may be sufficient to invalidate a registered mark.