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05 June 2019

Major changes in Finnish trademark law: what IP practitioners need to know

A new Trademarks Act has come into force in Finland, ushering in significant changes for those seeking to protect brands in the country. We speak with leading experts about what international rights holders should be aware of.

05 June 2019

VIRGIN v VIRGINIC: High Court provides guidance on indirect confusion

In Virgin Enterprises Ltd v Virginic LLC, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld Virgin's appeal and held that there was a likelihood of indirect confusion between VIRGINIC and VIRGIN for goods in Class 3.

04 June 2019

SKY v SKYPRIVATE: is the sky the limit for Sky’s enforcement of its mark in the European Union?

The EU General Court has issued its decision in an appeal concerning whether the figurative mark SKYPRIVATE, filed by the CEO of a provider of online erotic shows, was confusingly similar to Sky Ltd’s earlier word mark SKY.

03 June 2019

Low-quality packaging a legitimate reason to oppose further exploitation of luxury branded goods

A recent decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London should be of comfort to luxury brand owners, as it demonstrates that the courts will consider the presentation of products as an important aspect of preserving their prestige in the market. 

03 June 2019

Neymar trademark case: accepted principles of ethical behaviour or honest commercial business practices prevail over first-to-file rule

In a recent case concerning a trademark associated with the footballer Neymar, the General Court has confirmed that the objective circumstances of the case led to the conclusion that the applicant was acting in bad faith when he filed the application for registration of the mark.

31 May 2019

General Court: mark meaning ‘white’ in Swedish can be registered for household goods

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the EUIPO in which the latter had found that the mark VITA, which means ‘white’ in Swedish, was descriptive and lacked distinctive character for household appliances.

31 May 2019

General Court’s MULTIPLUS decision highlights status to be accorded to national registrations in opposition proceedings

In Sona Nutrition Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has found that the Board of Appeal had erred in law in finding that the word element ‘multiplus’ was devoid of distinctive character in the context of the applicant’s combined word/logo mark.

30 May 2019

Success for Sky as General Court upholds opposition against SKYFI

In KID-Systeme v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO in favour of Sky Ltd's opposition to KID-Systeme GmbH's application to register the mark SKYFI for Class 9 goods and Class 37 services.

29 May 2019

CJEU on products evoking a designation of origin: Don Quixote only rides the plains of La Mancha!

The Court of Justice of the European Union has concluded that the use of figurative signs and words that evoke a geographical area which is associated with a protected designation of origin may constitute an unlawful evocation of the latter.

28 May 2019

CJEU confirms descriptiveness of German company's mark for financial services

The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that declarations made under Article 28(8) of Regulation 207/2009 during the transitional period following IP TRANSLATOR do not add new goods/services to the scope of protection of a trademark.

28 May 2019

Battle for the BITCOIN mark, China moves closer to Hague accession, and curry conundrum: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the $110 million sale of Sports Illustrated’s intellectual property, the expansion of visual search in TMView, a dispute over a curry-related trademark, and much more.

24 May 2019

Appointed person cuts tailor down to size

The appointed person has put an end to a trademark dispute between Tailor & Cutter (Cambridge) Limited, a bespoke tailor based in England, and multinational retail corporation Walmart Apollo LLC.

24 May 2019

General Court: bicycles and motorcycles similar to a low degree

In Zweirad-Center Stadler v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between two TRIUMPH word marks for goods in Classes 9, 12 and 25.

24 May 2019

Elder Scrolls dispute resolved, new UGG litigation launched, and Hogan Lovells tie-up: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a strategic partnership between Hogan Lovells and Anaqua, Elder Scrolls settling its video game trademark dispute, Siegel+Gale announcing their new head of strategy, and much more.

22 May 2019

Trump International loses High Court appeal

The High Court has upheld a decision of the UK Intellectual Property Office finding that the application for TRUMP TV, filed by ‘trademark troll’ Michael Gleissner in the name of Trump International Limited, had been made in bad faith.