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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.  

21 June 2019

General Court confirms lack of distinctive character of BIOLATTE for dietary supplements

In Biolatte Oy v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that the mark BIOLATTE was devoid of distinctive character for dietary supplements in Class 5.

20 June 2019

Protecting a public participation-based brand: exclusive interview with Guinness World Records

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Raymond Marshall, general counsel for Guinness World Records, reveals how he juggles the family-friendly brand’s reputation and the threat of genericide.

19 June 2019

Three stripes, you’re out! – adidas loses appeal as EU General Court rules trademark invalid

The General Court of the European Union has upheld the decision of the EUIPO to invalidate the trademark registration for adidas’ three-stripe branding. We analyse the decision and look at reaction.

19 June 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association faces Brexit and GI infringement with a stiff upper lip

Lindesay Low, deputy director – legal at the Scotch Whisky Association, reveals how the company has upheld enforcement efforts amid Brexit chaos and why it remains confident in the face of international infringement, proving itself the worthy winner of WTR’s Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year.

19 June 2019

The Scotch Whisky Association faces Brexit and GI infringement with a stiff upper lip

Lindesay Low, deputy director – legal at the Scotch Whisky Association, reveals how the company has upheld enforcement efforts amid Brexit chaos and why it remains confident in the face of international infringement, proving itself the worthy winner of WTR’s Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year.

17 June 2019

How the Reckitt Benckiser trademark team took restructuring in its stride

Restructuring can cause a number of headaches for a company, but the WTR Household and Consumer Goods Team of the Year, Reckitt Benckiser, has proven that adaptability and effective communication are the secret to ensuring that enforcement efforts remain uncompromised during times of upheaval.

17 June 2019

CJEU draws the line in <em>Deichmann</em>: classification as position or figurative mark irrelevant in assessing genuine use

In a case involving a mark representing a cross on the side of a sports shoe, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that it was irrelevant to determine whether the mark at issue was a position or a figurative mark in order to assess its subject matter.

13 June 2019

General Court: concept of 'bad faith' not confined to limited category of specific circumstances

In Holzer y Cia SA de CV v EUIPO, the General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that Holzer y Cia SA de CV had applied for the registration of two ANN TAYLOR marks in bad faith.

11 June 2019

General Court confirms that there is no likelihood of confusion between AQUAPRINT and AQUACEM/AQUASIL

In Dentsply De Trey GmbH v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between AQUAPRINT on the one hand, and AQUACEM and AQUASIL on the other, in relation to dentistry products.

11 June 2019

Supreme Court issues landmark decision on goods in transit

In a case involving a well-known sportswear company, the Serbian Supreme Court of Cassation has held that the trademark holder was allowed to prohibit the transit through Serbia of goods infringing its IP rights.

07 June 2019

HALLOUMI - a cheesy trademark dilemma

Two opposition procedures filed by the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus, which owns the collective mark HALLOUMI, have had different outcomes before the Swedish Patent and Trademark Office.  

06 June 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in assessing distinctive and dominant character of first name and surname making up trademark

In Andrea Incontri Srl v EUIPO, the EU General Court has held that the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO had erred in assessing the distinctive and dominant character of the word elements making up the ANDREA INCONTRI mark.