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05 November 2019

General Court attempts to solve Rubik’s Cube puzzle

In Rubik’s Brand Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed the cancellation of an EU trademark consisting of the shape of the well-known Rubik’s Cube puzzle in the latest decision in the long-running battle between Rubik’s Brand and Simba Toys.

04 November 2019

Criminal sentence handed down for possession of infringing FC Barcelona t-shirts

The Madrid Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision sentencing the defendant to five months’ imprisonment for possessing 9,317 counterfeit items of clothing for commercial purposes, including t-shirts infringing the IP rights of FC Barcelona.

04 November 2019

Keep calm and CARRY ON ping-ponging between a hearing officer and an appointed person

The decision of the appointed person in opposition proceedings between ITV Studios Ltd and Carry On Films Limited serves as a reminder that all relevant grounds should be taken into consideration at the first instance to limit the burden on the parties and the court system.

04 November 2019

“They hoped to grind us down” – Bentley Clothing voices relief at trademark win against motoring giant

UK family-run fashion business Bentley Clothing has prevailed against Bentley Motors in a long-running trademark dispute. Talking to WTR, the owner of Bentley Clothing speaks of the stress that the case has caused.

03 November 2019

Havarti GI backlash; NCAA position change; DNS abuse concern; warning over AI; 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.

02 November 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent.

01 November 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Indonesia

In the latest edition of our  series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods we head to Indonesia.

01 November 2019

Never underestimate the importance of DUNGEONS in Dungeons & Dragons

In Kalypso Media Group GmbH v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark DUNGEONS and the earlier mark DUNGEONS & DRAGONS for games and computer games.

31 October 2019

Trademarks and "style names" - can you tell the difference?

The decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Pinnacle v Triangl provides a new characterisation of the defence that a name is not being used as a trademark, when there is also use of a principal or ‘house’ brand.

30 October 2019

Registry and registrar DNS abuse framework: a positive step that falls short

A group of domain name registries and registers have developed a framework to fight abuse in the DNS. In this guest analysis, the development is welcomed but there are concerns over the narrow definition of DNS abuse.

30 October 2019

McDonald's triumphant in MC DREAMS opposition

In McDreams Hotel GmbH v EUIPO, American fast food giant McDonald's has successfully enforced its rights against a EU trademark application incorporating the prefix ‘Mc’ on the basis of its extensive reputation. 

29 October 2019

Russia's Constitutional Court gives a boost to well-known trademarks

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has confirmed that the laws recognising well-known status are constitutional and valid.

29 October 2019

UKIPO postpones Brexit work, Canada plain packaging and KIPO warns of trademark squatters: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA bringing the Unreal Campaign to Lima, the UAE IP office forgoing certain fees, Stan Lee’s daughter suing POW! Entertainment, and much more.

28 October 2019

Blow for Puma as General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between MG PUMA and GINMG in Class 33

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between Puma SE’s mark MG PUMA and Destilerias MG SL’s earlier mark GINMG for goods in Class 33.

28 October 2019

Havarti cheese backlash highlights controversial and emotive nature of geographical indications

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection.