The Board of Appeal of Estonia has upheld oppositions filed by the heirs of well-known healer and writer Aleksander Heintalu (also known as Vigala Sass) against the registration of ALEKSANDER HEINTALU and VIGALA SASS.
Car manufacturer BMW has successfully challenged coffee retailer Tchibo’s use of ‘MINI’ for coffee machines and coffee mugs before the Frankfurt District Court.
In the long-running dispute over the marks GOLDEN BALLS and BALLON D’OR, the EU General Court has clarified the parameters for the assessment of reputation in the context of the appreciation of the risk of confusion.
The EU General Court has dismissed an appeal by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against the partial invalidation of its EU trademark VIPER for automobiles and vehicles.
There are advantages to protecting IP rights in Italy, including the possibility of starting legal action before registration has been granted in one of the 22 specialised courts across the country.
In the most recent judgment in the long-running dispute between Italian fashion label Diesel and Irish clothing company Montex, the Court of Appeal has confirmed a strict test for admitting new evidence on appeal in trademark cases.
In a dispute between Microsoft and a prominent grocery business in Turkey, the Turkish Re-examination and Evaluation Board has found that the grocery business had acted in bad faith by filing a new application for an unused mark.
In John Mills Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has ruled that Article 8(3) of Regulation 207/2009, which aims to prevent the misuse of a mark by the trademark proprietor’s agent, applies only if the marks are identical.
In Apple and Pear Australia Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled a decision that had previously gone in favour of Pink Lady America in its trademark dispute with other fruit organisations in the European Union.
We bring together two organisations with different perspectives on geographical indications to discuss the best route forward for this unique form of protection.
In a blow to energy drinks giant Red Bull, the EU General Court has annulled a EUIPO decision declaring that the mark FLÜGEL was invalid for “alcoholic beverages” due to a likelihood of confusion with Red Bull’s earlier VERLEIHT FLÜGEL marks for “energy drinks”.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has considered whether an organisation for the collective representation of trademark owners could bring proceedings in its own name to seek remedies to protect its members’ interests.
In Grendene SA v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark HIPANEMA for jewellery and earlier IPANEMA marks for footwear.
The General Assembly of the Turkish Civil Court of Appeals has held that an agreement restricting the use of a mark can later be relied on to prevent the registration of that mark.
In Puma SE v EUIPO, the EU General Court has provided useful guidance on the scope of protection of marks with an exceptionally high reputation.