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11 July 2018

Albania introduces new trademark regulation – what you need to know

A new trademark regulation has entered into force in Albania, clarifying a range of issues raised by the changes to the Industrial Property Law introduced in March 2017.

11 July 2018

General Court finds likelihood of confusion between FRANCE.COM and French Republic's earlier FRANCE mark

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between US company Inc’s FRANCE.COM mark and the French Republic’s earlier FRANCE mark.

04 July 2018

Higher Court: imitating the appearance of a restaurant constitutes unfair competition

In a significant decision, Slovenia’s Higher Court has, for the first time, granted protection to the trade dress of a restaurant based on unfair competition.

29 June 2018

Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up

We look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and much more.

26 June 2018

Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we take a look at how brands are embracing robot influencers, insights on how to combat malicious imposters, and much more.

25 June 2018

In landmark decision, CJEU holds that Louboutin's red soles are not a shape

In a victory for Christian Louboutin, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that the colour red on the sole of a woman’s high-heel shoe is a position mark.

21 June 2018

Do consumers think directly of 'Scotch Whisky' when confronted with 'Glen Buchenbach' whisky?

In Scotch Whisky Association v Klotz, the Court of Justice of the European Union has interpreted Articles 16(a) to (c) of Regulation 110/2008 on the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks.

18 June 2018

UK Supreme Court Cartier judgment: who pays for website blocking orders?

In a blow for rights holders, in Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications Plc the UK Supreme Court has decided that internet service providers should not bear the implementation costs for website blocking orders.

15 June 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more.

14 June 2018

IPEC: goodwill in 'Prick' from tattooing does not extend to sale of cacti

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London has held that there was no passing off by a shop selling cacti under the name Prick of goodwill arising from tattooing services offered under the same name.

14 June 2018

As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with cases already filed centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.

13 June 2018

“Rights holders will be disappointed”: UK Supreme Court sides with ISPs in Cartier case

The UK Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the Cartier website blocking case, siding with internet service providers (ISPs) and ruling that brand owners should indemnify ISPs for the costs of implementing blocking injunctions. 

07 June 2018

New law on customs measures now in force - what rights holders need to know

The Law on Customs Measures for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights has now entered into force in Kosovo, introducing important changes intended to align local customs procedures with Regulation 608/2013.

07 June 2018

New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.

05 June 2018

Success for Jack Daniel's as Court of Appeals bans parallel imports

In Jack Daniel’s v BENI, the Kosovo Court of Appeals has ruled that the import and sale of genuine goods bearing registered trademarks without the trademark owner’s authorisation constitutes trademark infringement.