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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.

11 December 2019

Federal Administrative Court confirms that figurative mark containing the word ‘Paris’ is deceptive

In a blow to German supermarket chain Lidl, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court has confirmed that the figurative mark ESMARA SEE YOU IN PARIS was deceptive.

11 December 2019

DERMOFAES v DERMOWAS: the role of weakly distinctive elements and the public’s level of attention in assessing likelihood of confusion

The EU General Court has confirmed that there is no likelihood of confusion between the mark DERMOFAES ATOPIMED in Classes 1, 3 and 5, and the earlier word mark DERMOWAS in Classes 3 and 5.

10 December 2019

Geo-blocking or global take-down? Facebook keeps the question alive in Indian dispute

We highlight the implications of a developing dispute in India, where a court recently issued a blocking order directing Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter to take down and remove, on a global basis, particular defamatory videos.

10 December 2019

Baby Yoda IP protection, wilful counterfeit purchasing, and Fashion Week legal battle intensifies: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at a law firm launching a new trademark monitoring tool, some of the brand protection trends to expect in 2020, how Chinese trademark applications are on the rise in Canada, and much more.

10 December 2019

<em>Frozen 2</em> versus Christian Louboutin: could Anna’s red-soled shoes lead to a trademark dispute?

In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play.

10 December 2019

Are KITCHEN HEROES K and HERO similar? Lithuanian IP office and EUIPO come to different conclusions  

Hero AG’s opposition against the mark KITCHEN HEROES K based on its earlier mark HERO has had different outcomes in Lithuania and at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

09 December 2019

Luxury brands and enhanced IP protection: lessons from Claridge’s and Prada disputes

Experts from Powell Gilbert consider two recent cases involving owners of luxury brands that serve to clarify the scope of protection of premium brands.

09 December 2019

CJEU: all courts with jurisdiction to order provisional measures are competent to order such measures with regard to RCDs

Following a reference for a preliminary ruling by the procurator general of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the Court of Justice of the European Union has put an end to uncertainty regarding the interpretation of Article 90(1) of Regulation 6/2002.