In Luciano Sandrone v EUIPO, the EU General Court has considered the conceptual comparison between signs containing a surname or first name and recognised that the case law is unsettled on this point.
In a surprising decision, the UK Intellectual Property Office has held that there is no likelihood of confusion between the marks ZARA and ZOHARA, despite considering the majority of the respective goods to be identical and similar.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between a figurative sign including the element ‘Fl’ and a heart symbol and the earlier figurative mark FLY.DE for identical and similar goods and services.
The Re-examination and Evaluation Board of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has found that a colour combination mark for goods in Class 32 was confusingly similar to Red Bull’s colour and device marks.
The UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected an application to register THE PETS FACTOR for a variety of goods and services, including the production of TV shows, following opposition by the owners of earlier THE X FACTOR marks.
The EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark IOS FINANCE for financial services and the earlier figurative mark EOS for debt collection services.
In a case involving multinational retailer Carrefour, the Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed that under no circumstances can a trademark that is no longer used on the market seek protection.
The decision of the High Court of England and Wales in Juul Labs Inc v Quickjuul Ltd provides a rare example of a civil court imposing penal sanctions for contempt of court.
In our latest edition, we look at Michael Kors launching a digital store on Alibaba’s Tmall, INTA's call for the Lanham Act to be amended, an illicit trade report from TRACEIT, China’s IP transformation, and much more.
The European Union and the Mercosur bloc of countries have agreed a comprehensive trade agreement that includes significant IP provisions that rights holders should be aware of.
The Criminal Court No 15 of Valencia has sentenced the managers of a company in the souvenir industry for committing a crime against IP rights under with Article 273 of the Criminal Code.
In our latest edition, we look at a reminder of the medical risks of counterfeits in Hong Kong, a car air freshener brand taking Ryanair to court, Monaco now using the TMclass list, applications up in Bhutan, and much more.
A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales highlights that the One in a Million case does not provide a remedy against cybersquatting per se: claimants must still demonstrate goodwill or reputation in the mark contained in the domain name.
In Gibson Brands Inc v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed the partial declaration of invalidity of a three-dimensional sign representing Gibson’s iconic V-shaped electric guitar body.
In a major upcoming investigation, WTR will look at the scourge of trademark solicitation scams. Today we ask readers to share their experience of spurious trademark invoices.