The High Court in Sky plc v SkyKick UK Limited will refer five questions to the ECJ on trademark issues relating to bad faith (for filing with no intention to use) and clarity issues with trademark specifications.
The Constitutional Court has confirmed that the principle of national exhaustion of trademark rights is constitutional, but has increased the burden of proof imposed on trademark owners in parallel importation cases.
A new report by the US government’s Accountability Office (GAO) has found that US agencies could be doing significantly more to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit goods.
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.
In a somewhat unusual decision, the Turkish Court of Appeal has found that the words 'stick' and 'stix' were the dominant elements of the plaintiff's trademarks and that they were distinctive for Class 30 goods.
A trademark application for the term SERIAL, filed by the creators of the popular podcast of the same name, has been refused. It comes as research reveals that many popular podcasts have no registered protection.
Although the payment of official fees to the Venezuelan IP office has been suspended temporarily, foreign brand owners should be prepared and ensure that their representatives are nevertheless sent the relevant fees.
In Klipsch v ePRO the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has adopted a standard that “discovery sanctions should be commensurate with the costs unnecessarily created by the sanctionable behaviour”.
An attorney who recently prevailed in an opposition against Michael Gleissner-linked trademark application explains why he worked the case “for the good of the system rather than profits”.
‘.fm’ is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register. dotFM has released a list of domain names for which it is inviting pre-launch "expressions of interest".
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.