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08 December 2019

Calls for a Nice rethink; Clarivate Analytics’ acquisition of Darts-ip; law firm mentoring programmes; global counterfeiting hotspots; TMView tips; 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.

06 December 2019

Turkey implements plain packaging, Trump trademark spike, and INTA awareness call: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the resolution of a trademark dispute between the Ramone family, brand loyalty rising, a vegan butcher taking on Nestlé at the USPTO, and much more.

06 December 2019

Alibaba's DOUBLE 11 trademark: JD.com sues China's IP authority

JD.com is suing the China National IP Agency following the invalidation of five DOUBLE 11 marks. Alibaba, the third party in this case, argues that DOUBLE 11 – a reference to Singles’ Day in China – was created and used by the company as a trademark.  

06 December 2019

Brand-backed legislation seeks to add new anti-counterfeiting weapon to US Customs and Border Protection’s armoury 

Bipartisan legislation to authorise US Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent has been introduced by four US senators.

06 December 2019

Fleet Feet’s court victory against Nike highlights challenges in using and protecting slogan marks

A ruling centred on Nike’s use of the ‘Sport Changes Everything’ slogan highlights the conundrum over when and where to seek registered protection for slogans, and the different approaches adopted by IP offices to ad campaign slogans.

05 December 2019

General Court finds that “coffee products” are similar to edible items in Class 30

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark HAPPY MORENO CHOCO and Aldi’s earlier MORENO mark for Class 30 goods.

05 December 2019

A glimpse into the future: the brand protection trends set to shape 2020

Next week, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar, which will explore the trends that are expected to affect the e-commerce and IP landscape in 2020 and identify the key emerging online platforms that are set to disrupt the brand protection space.

05 December 2019

Exhaustion of trademark rights: Barcelona Court of Appeal rules in Schweppes case

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has held that Red Paralela had infringed Schweppes' Spanish SCHWEPPES marks by importing and commercialising Schweppes-branded tonics in Spain which had been manufactured in the United Kingdom by Coca-Cola, the owner of the UK SCHWEPPES marks.

04 December 2019

Delhi High Court declares that PULSE is a well-known mark   

In Dharampal Satyapal Sons Pvt Ltd v Singhal, the Delhi High Court has permanently restrained the defendants from using the mark PLUSS for sweets and declared that the plaintiff’s mark PULSE was well known under Sections 11(6) and (7) of the Trademarks Act.

04 December 2019

Radiator grilles: Audi remains the lord of the four rings

The German Federal Court of Justice has held that an independent seller of spare parts had infringed Audi’s famous figurative mark by offering and selling radiator grilles featuring a mounting fixture in the shape of four rings.