We sit down with Alibaba Group’s vice president and head of global intellectual property enforcement, Matthew Bassiur, to discuss Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting activities and how it changed industry perception of its enforcement efforts.
A new study has identified the most well-known geographical indication (GI) products in the United Kingdom, with GI association experts concurrently warning of the risks that Brexit poses.
In Xiaomi Inc v EUIPO, Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has claimed a partial win in front of the EU General Court in a case relating to a conflict between two identical figurative trademarks.
A trademark for the term TRUMP TV, owned by “infamous trademark troll” Michael Gleissner, has been rejected. As part of the case, the comptroller general of the UK registry decried Gleissner’s “gaming” of the trademark system.
In our latest round-up, we look at consumers being frustrated by “disjointed” brand experiences, an Oregon-based clothing retailer in a trademark fight against Under Armour, brands in an age of political division, and much more.
In Textilis Ltd v Svenskt Tenn AB, which involved a trademark consisting of two-dimensional decorative motifs, the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 7(1)(e)(iii) of Regulation 207/2009.
In a blow to Easygroup, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld the decision of a UKIPO hearing officer revoking two EASYOFFICE marks for non-use.
In Meblo Trade doo v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that the owner of the mark MEBLO had proved genuine use of the mark for certain goods and services in Classes 20 and 35.
In BMB sp z oo v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has assessed the likelihood of confusion between a registered Community design and an earlier figurative mark for an empty container of Tic Tac sweets bellowing to Ferrero SpA.
The EUIPO Board of Appeal has decided that a declaration of invalidity filed by Style & Taste against Polo/Lauren’s polo logo did not contain sufficient evidence to support the claim.
In DeepMind Technologies Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that the mark STREAMS was descriptive of goods and services in Classes 9 and 42 and should be refused under Article 7(1)(c) of EU Regulation 207/2009.
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee has endorsed the European Union acceding to the Geneva Act – a move that could propel the issue of geographical indications back to the top of the trade deal agenda as the United Kingdom looks to its post-Brexit future.
A recent Icelandic Patent Office decision serves as a useful reminder that the evaluation of similarity as set out in the Trademarks Act should always involve a nuanced comparison of the marks.
The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has held that Luen Fat Metal & Plastic Manufactory Co Limited’s UK and EU trademarks for a series of word marks (FUNTIME, FUN TIME and FUN-TIME) are valid and have been infringed.
When is a single common element sufficient to create a likelihood of confusion? A decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case involving the mark SO’BIO ĒTIC and earlier SO…? marks illustrates the difficulties in answering that question.