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22 November 2019

<em>Princeton Vanguard v Frito-Lay</em>: each party gets a single choice of which type of appeal to pursue

In a case of first impression, a district court has held that a party having once appealed a decision of the TTAB to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cannot thereafter appeal the board’s decision on remand to a district court.

22 November 2019

Tempting Brands retains the PIERRE DE COUBERTIN trademark in New Zealand

The High Court of New Zealand has put an end to the dispute between the International Olympic Committee and Tempting Brands over the trademark PIERRE DE COUBERTIN.

22 November 2019

Michael Gleissner versus Apple and Samsung: millionaire defeated in Benelux and UK

Two recent trademark cases in Benelux and the UK have landed significant blows to notorious millionaire Michael Gleissner’s unprecedented trademark activity. According to one expert, they clearly demonstrate that IP offices are “not a playground for vexatious parties”.

22 November 2019

INTA award winners, Brexit Party cease-and-desist, and Chile IPO deadline extensions: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the EUIPO approving the Strategic Plan 2025, Nominet releasing its Criminality Report, WIPO kicking off a new case law publication series, and much more.

21 November 2019

LIVINGDREAMS mark put to bed on appeal

The appointed person has upheld a decision of the UKIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark LIVINGDREAMS in Class 20 and earlier marks consisting of, or containing, the word ‘dreams’ in Classes 20, 24 and 35.

21 November 2019

Zhihu and IP protection: the brand risks and opportunities on China’s trendy new social media app

Zhihu is a new social media platform making inroads on the Chinese market. With doubts around the IP enforcement capabilities of the platform, WTR takes a closer look at the app with the help of brand protection experts in China.

20 November 2019

Revealed: speaker line-up for next month’s Brand Strategy China conference

With the event just two weeks away, WTR is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for Brand Strategy China – with experts from Dupont, LVMH, New Balance, Unilever and 3M featured.

20 November 2019

Foreign equivalent of geographical name may be registered if average public would not understand its meaning

In a victory for the Czech car manufacturer, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board has upheld Škoda Auto AS’s appeal against a decision of the Turkish Trademark and Patent Office refusing to register the mark SUEDIA for automobiles.  

20 November 2019

Benelux Court of Justice considers whether work of art may contain well-known trademark

In a case involving paintings by Belgian artist Cedric Peers, in which he depicted bottles using the well-known shape and label of Dom Pérignon champagne, the Benelux Court of Justice has considered the freedom of artists to use trademarks in their work.

20 November 2019

Chelsea still owns José Mourinho trademarks; will Tottenham have to pay to commercialise his name?

Tottenham Hotspur has appointed José Mourinho as its new manager, and questions have arisen about trademarks owned by rival club Chelsea. Talking to WTR, one IP expert points to “potential” for issues between the two clubs.

19 November 2019

Bent(ley) out of shape in trademark dispute

In Bentley 1962 Ltd v Bentley Motors Ltd, the High Court of England and Wales has found that Bentley Motors, the well-known manufacturer of luxury vehicles, had infringed trademarks belonging to a small UK-based clothing company. 

18 November 2019

General Court confirms that figurative mark is descriptive

In United States Seafoods LLC v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that the mark UNITED STATES SEAFOODS, with a design resembling the US flag cropped into the shape of a territory, was descriptive.