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12 July 2019

FWD VIEW mark sent back to hearing officer

A recent decision of the appointed person serves as a reminder that, while there is a desire for procedural economy in trademark proceedings, taking such measures, if not done correctly, can cause significant delays.  

09 July 2019

<em><em>adidas</em></em> decision: General Court reiterates importance of evidence in trademark disputes

In adidas AG v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that adidas’ three-stripe mark was invalid as a result of its lack of distinctiveness, whether inherent or acquired through use.

09 July 2019

Appeal court confirms cancellation of TOPPÍS mark in long-running ice-cream war

A ruling from the First Appeal Court of Iceland cancelling the trademark TOPPÍS brings to an end a years-long dispute between two manufacturers of ice cream.

08 July 2019

No go for GO-KIDZ mark

The appointed person has upheld a UKIPO decision finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between GO-KIDZ in Classes 3, 5, 10 and 21 and earlier GO marks in Classes 5 and 21.

08 July 2019

Exception to exhaustion of trademark rights principle enforceable for non-luxury marks

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has revoked a first-instance judgment which had dismissed the claims filed by the owner and licensee of the MUSTELA mark against its former distributor and various other companies.

05 July 2019

Victory for AC Milan as Marriott’s opposition against AC MILAN mark fails

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between AC Milan’s figurative mark AC MILAN in Class 43 and earlier marks containing the element ‘AC’ owned by hotel chain Marriott.

04 July 2019

Mars successfully opposes Cadbury’s application for FINGERS in respect of chocolate, confectionery and biscuits

The Irish controller of patents, designs and trademarks has upheld that Mars’ opposition against Cadbury’s application for the registration of the mark FINGERS for chocolate, confectionery and biscuits in Class 30.

04 July 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event. 

02 July 2019

“Greatly beneficial” – IP provisions of EU-Vietnam free trade agreement praised by experts

The landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement has been officially signed. Talking to WTR, IP practitioners claim that the agreement will lead to significant changes to the trademark, design and GI system in Vietnam.

02 July 2019

CJEU adds pressure on disclaimers for descriptive trademark elements following further harmonisation

Following a request for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 4(1)(b) of Directive 2008/95, the Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the effects of a disclaimer on the extent of protection of an earlier mark.

28 June 2019

“Hit the road, Jac”, says the appointed person

In a blow to multinational hospitality company Marriott Worldwide Corporation, the appointed person has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between JACHOTELS and Marriott’s earlier marks AC HOTELS and AC HOTEL.

27 June 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in finding low degree of phonetic similarity between SUIMOX and ZYMOX  

In Pet King Brands Inc v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled in part a decision of the EUIPO in opposition proceedings involving the marks SUIMOX and ZYMOX in Class 5.

26 June 2019

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year.

25 June 2019

Plain packaging in Belgium, luxury brands on WeChat, and Nando’s defeathers lookalike: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a major anti-counterfeiting operation from Interpol, Facebook facing challenges over its new cryptocurrency brand, Egypt updating its new anti-fakes legislation, and much more.

25 June 2019

VOGUE case: Board of Appeal erred in refusing to suspend opposition proceedings

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the EUIPO rejecting Advance Magazine Publishers’ request for the suspension of the opposition proceedings against its VOGUE mark.