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02 October 2019

“A frankly pointless step” – why Banksy pop-up shop could hinder trademark case

Anonymous street artist Banksy has opened a pop-up shop in London in response to an ongoing trademark dispute with a card manufacturer. The attorney representing the card company reacts to the opening.

02 October 2019

WESTLAKE trademark registration partly revoked

In revocation proceedings involving the mark WESTLAKE, the hearing officer in Ireland has referred to the discussion of the term ‘genuine use’ by the Court of Justice of the European Union in Ansul, La Mer, Silberquelle and Sunrider.

01 October 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Turkey

Several pharmaceutical trademarks exist that have not yet been put to use, mostly as a result of licensing problems, and are therefore vulnerable to non-use defence. Any opposition on the basis of such kinds of trademark can be overcome by non-use defence.

01 October 2019

VEGA ONE v VEGAS: word elements almost always win

In WhiteWave Services Inc v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed the importance of word elements in composite trademarks.

01 October 2019

“Governments should regulate, not obliterate, brands” – plain packaging could cause $430 billion loss for beverage industry

Research estimates that the extension of plain packaging to alcohol and sugary drinks would result in a massive loss for the global beverage industry.

01 October 2019

New editions of<em> WTR </em>and <em>Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide</em> now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published. 

01 October 2019

EU design strategies: maximising the chances of enforcement success

Registered Community designs have been enforced with varying success. However, several steps are available to maximise the scope of the protected design, making it easier to combat infringers.

30 September 2019

12 counterfeit hotspots in Turkey that rights holders must be aware of

In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Turkey.

30 September 2019

CJEU: bad faith must be assessed at the time of filing of the trademark application

In Koton v EUIPO, which concerned the absolute ground for invalidity under Article 52(1)(b) of Regulation 207/2009, the Court of Justice of the European Union has set aside the General Court’s judgment on the ground that the latter had misread the decision in Lindt.

27 September 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats.

27 September 2019

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more.

26 September 2019

OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has recently considered a trademark and unfair competition dispute between two companies that owned trademarks containing the element ‘OTTO’.

26 September 2019

Unauthorised 'Greta Thunberg' and 'Extinction Rebellion' trademarks could pose a threat to climate change activists

Two major figures in the climate change activism movement, campaigner Greta Thunberg and protest movement Extinction Rebellion, are facing a legal battle in Germany due to unauthorised trademark applications.

26 September 2019

BMW's M and M CARS marks (re)confirmed as well known

The Appeals Committee of the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks has upheld BMW’s opposition against the registration of the mark M CAR TRADING for services in Classes 35 and 37 based on BMW’s earlier marks M and M CARS.

24 September 2019

Managing Trademark Assets returns to London with more interactivity and deep dive discussions 

WTR is pleased to announce that, following the success of this year’s event, Managing Trademark Assets Europe will be returning to London on 28 January 2020.