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25 February 2020

“We can’t produce anything” – how the coronavirus epidemic is affecting the counterfeits industry in China

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, WTR investigates how the worsening epidemic is having an impact on the production, delivery and monitoring of fake goods by counterfeiters and enforcement authorities in China.

25 February 2020

General Court confirms that EUIPO may accept supplementary evidence of use filed belatedly

In opposition proceedings involving the marks TC TOURING CLUB and TOURING CLUB ITALIANO, the General Court has considered the discretion of the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO to allow additional evidence of use submitted for the first time before it.

24 February 2020

<em>SkyKick</em> - what, if anything, will change? A UK perspective

Will there be any change, either in terms of filing strategies or in terms of the practical guidance provided by the UK courts and Intellectual Property Office, following the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Sky v SkyKick?

21 February 2020

Football: a game where every brand wins

Football teams and corporates are cashing in on brand value, but a changing industry means clubs need to use new methods to continue strengthening their presence and engagement levels.

20 February 2020

A tiff over lashes - UKIPO refuses registration of COTSWOLD LASHES BY TIFFANY on basis of likelihood of confusion

The UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld US jewellery giant Tiffany & Co’s opposition against the registration of COTSWOLD LASHES BY TIFFANY by the owner of a small UK-based business.

19 February 2020

Federal Court finds URBAN ALE descriptive for beer

In Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd v La Sirène Pty Ltd, the Federal Court of Australia has concluded that the trademark URBAN ALE for beer should be cancelled because it is descriptive of beer products produced in an inner-city location.

19 February 2020

DERBY case: Court of Appeal overturns lower-court decisions in controversial ruling

In opposition proceedings against the DERBY mark, the Turkish Court of Appeal has overturned decisions of the lower courts based on copyright infringement and the well-known status of the earlier mark – even though the opponent had not sought to rely on its copyright in the mark.

19 February 2020

Diversity in e-sports, new INTA taskforce, intellectual property paid David Beckham’s salary – INTA 2020 Europe day two takeaways

This week, INTA hosted its annual European Conference in Madrid, Spain. WTR is on the ground to bring you the key insights from the second day of the event.

18 February 2020

General Court confirms genuine use of The Guide Association’s BROWNIE and BROWNIES marks

The decision of the EU General Court in Grupo Textil Brownie SL v EUIPO highlights many of the key principles governing the assessment of the evidence of use of an earlier mark.

18 February 2020

Micro-influencers, Twitch brand challenges, and an IP marathon – INTA 2020 Europe day one observations

This week, the INTA is hosting its annual European Conference in Madrid, Spain. WTR is on the ground and we present key learnings and insights from the first day of the event.

17 February 2020

More encouraging news for owners of products with famous shapes: district court recognises distinctive nature of Chanel bags

A recent decision of the Seoul Central District Court in a case involving lookalike Chanel bags should encourage owners of products with famous shapes to consider taking more forceful steps to stop the sales of lookalikes in Korea.

17 February 2020

Appellate court rules that use of a registered trademark as part of a trade name may constitute actionable infringement

In SkyWorld Development Sdn Bhd v Skyworld Holdings Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has held, for the first time, that an action for infringement can be based on the use of a registered mark as part of a trade or company name.

13 February 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks.

12 February 2020

Supreme Court confirms revocation of TOPPÍS in ice cream war

In the long-running dispute between ice cream manufacturers Emmessís ehf and Kjörís ehf, the Supreme Court of Iceland has upheld a First Appeal Court decision ordering the revocation of Kjörís ehf’s mark TOPPÍS for goods in Class 30. 

11 February 2020

TIMBERLAND cuts down TIMBERZ

In a victory for international outdoors clothing company Timberland, the Patent and Market Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TIMBERZ and the earlier mark TIMBERLAND for clothing.