The German Patent and Trademark Office has held that the trademark BLACK FRIDAY was descriptive and must therefore be kept free for use by competitors.
This two-part series identifies the ways in which diverse online sales platforms (OSPs) may affect brands in China, as well as some of the basic commercial and legal issues that brand owners should bear in mind when creating an OSP branding strategy.
Although branding on online sales platforms remains a relatively new concept, its significance should not be overlooked. In the second part of this series, we consider how brand owners maintain can control in this evolving landscape.
In Lifestyle Equities v Santa Monica Polo Club, the High Court has held that the defendants’ one and two-horse logos infringed registrations for the BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB logo.
Analysing more than 30 trademark portfolios of mid-size to large multinationals carrying out business in the European Union reveals a surprising number of illogical filings, errors and gaps. The resulting checklist will support effective portfolio review.
The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act.
An analysis of recent decisions illustrates an evolving desire by China’s courts to take decisive action against infringers. However, there are a number of strategies that rights holders need to implement to maximise their chances of brand protection success.
The Beijing IP Court has found that an internet service provider was jointly and severally liable for the infringement committed on its platform. The safe harbour principle indirectly defined by Article 36 of Tort Law did not apply.
The Supreme Court has considered whether use of a former supplier's mark on the packaging of the new supplier’s products constituted infringement.
In In re: Brunetti, the Federal Circuit has reversed the TTAB's finding that the mark FUCT as used in connection with various apparel items was unregistrable under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act.
Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.
In Deichmann v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that there had been genuine use of a figurative mark for sports shoes, even though the mark as used was not identical to the mark as registered.
In Wenger SA v EUIPO, the General Court has upheld the decision of the EUIPO to invalidate the mark SWISSGEAR for a wide range of goods.
The Polo/Lauren Company has failed to invalidate the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's registration for a composite mark containing the word 'polo' and the device of a polo player.
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of Taobao remaining on the USTR's latest Notorious Markets List, now suggesting that brand owners should no longer trust the report.