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13 December 2019

Nestlé ice cream brand sale, Somalia registry resumes, and IP issues of Greta Thunberg: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Swiss IP court data being released, Brand Finance getting certified, Fred putting its intellectual property up for sale, the Austrian IPO launching some new online services, and much more.

13 December 2019

General Court confirms similarity of BILLA and BILLABONG marks

In a victory for the owner of the BILLABONG mark, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the marks BILLA and BILLABONG with regard to certain goods and services.

13 December 2019

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction.

12 December 2019

General Court provides guidance on use of mark in form differing in elements which do not alter its distinctive character

In KA Schmersal Holding GmbH & Co KG v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TEC.NICUM and the earlier mark TECNIUM for services in Class 42.

12 December 2019

Going undercover – tips for monitoring the Central Asia counterfeiting market

As the most developed region in Central Asia, Kazakhstan serves as a transit point for counterfeit goods that are produced in China and trafficked to Russia and then Europe. However, there are legal measures that brand owners can take while awaiting improvements to the existing IP legislation.

12 December 2019

Ongoing Chanel case provides limited clarity on use of third-party marks in hashtags

US case law indicates that there are few situations in which use of a third-party mark in a hashtag is permissible. An ongoing dispute between Chanel Inc and local New York retailer WGACA LLC is a reminder that those looking to advertise on social media must tread carefully.

11 December 2019

Trademark sales, infringement through food apps and a spotlight on WeChat: Brand Strategy China takeaways

Last week, WTR hosted the fourth annual Brand Strategy China in Shanghai. The event saw domestic and international brand owners, as well as representatives from associations, online platforms and government agencies. We present some of the key takeaways from a busy day of discussions. 

11 December 2019

USMCA given green light; significant GI changes now a step closer to reality

The Canadian, Mexican and US governments have signed an amended version of the USMCA, meaning that ratification is a significant step closer – with the deal highlighting what IP concessions the Trump Administration will expect in future trade deals.