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17 December 2019

EUIPO figures reveal that trademark infringement is an expensive business in Denmark

The EUIPO’s 2019 Status Report on IPR Infringement reveals that the annual sales lost due to counterfeiting in Denmark amount to €828 million, which represents 4.2% of the total sales in the 11 sectors covered by the report.

16 December 2019

Extending the scope of protection of GIs in China

One major challenge facing European GIs in China is conflicts with prior trademarks, sometimes resulting in seemingly insurmountable barriers. However, options are available.

16 December 2019

General Court confirms that mark representing a bell is not distinctive for Class 9 goods

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that a figurative sign representing a bell with a white contour on a black background was devoid of any distinctive character for goods in Class 9.

15 December 2019

Suspicious specimens scourge; Brexit, Boris and brands; counterfeiting hotspots; Uber’s brand strategy; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

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.