A Quebec court’s ruling in a high-profile parody case has reignited discussion about the treatment of satire in Canadian trademark law. We speak to two market experts, who consider whether more legal clarity is required.
In Andrea Incontri Srl v EUIPO, the EU General Court has held that the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO had erred in assessing the distinctive and dominant character of the word elements making up the ANDREA INCONTRI mark.
In Bata India Limited v Chawla Boot House, the Delhi High Court has recognised that Bata India Ltd’s trademark POWER is well known in India, and restrained the defendant from using the word ‘power’ in respect of footwear and related products.
A new Trademarks Act has come into force in Finland, ushering in significant changes for those seeking to protect brands in the country. We speak with leading experts about what international rights holders should be aware of.
In Virgin Enterprises Ltd v Virginic LLC, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld Virgin's appeal and held that there was a likelihood of indirect confusion between VIRGINIC and VIRGIN for goods in Class 3.
A law introducing amendments to Tajikistan’s trademark law entered into force at the beginning of this year, bringing about several important changes.
Recent changes in China’s IP enforcement landscape have resulted in the newly formed Food and Drugs Crime Investigation Bureau taking on responsibility for IP crime investigations.
The EU General Court has issued its decision in an appeal concerning whether the figurative mark SKYPRIVATE, filed by the CEO of a provider of online erotic shows, was confusingly similar to Sky Ltd’s earlier word mark SKY.
A recent decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London should be of comfort to luxury brand owners, as it demonstrates that the courts will consider the presentation of products as an important aspect of preserving their prestige in the market.
In a recent case concerning a trademark associated with the footballer Neymar, the General Court has confirmed that the objective circumstances of the case led to the conclusion that the applicant was acting in bad faith when he filed the application for registration of the mark.
The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the EUIPO in which the latter had found that the mark VITA, which means ‘white’ in Swedish, was descriptive and lacked distinctive character for household appliances.
In Sona Nutrition Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has found that the Board of Appeal had erred in law in finding that the word element ‘multiplus’ was devoid of distinctive character in the context of the applicant’s combined word/logo mark.
In KID-Systeme v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO in favour of Sky Ltd's opposition to KID-Systeme GmbH's application to register the mark SKYFI for Class 9 goods and Class 37 services.
A Russian court has reversed a decision of the patent office refusing to register the assignment of the mark RED SQUARE in the name of Azamat Ibatullin, a notorious trademark squatter.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has concluded that the use of figurative signs and words that evoke a geographical area which is associated with a protected designation of origin may constitute an unlawful evocation of the latter.