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19 May 2016

Plain packaging gets green light in the UK as court dismisses legal challenge

The High Court in London has rejected a challenge to legislation introducing plain packaging for tobacco products. The decision was handed down just a day before the new regime makes effect, meaning that the UK will shortly become the latest country to implement plain packaging.

11 February 2016

GrillSeason succeeds on appeal following refusal of GRILLCUBE

The Board of Appeal has overturned an Estonian Patent Office decision finding that the mark GRILLCUBE was descriptive and lacked distinctive character. The Board of Appeal found that for a refusal, the meaning of the mark should describe some essential characteristics of the goods.

10 February 2016

Complaint for three-letter domain fails

A recent UDRP decision highlights that the omission of evidence will not be viewed lightly and could lead to a finding of reverse domain name hijacking, even if the respondent does not actually request this. It further demonstrates that it may also be extremely difficult to prove that a respondent was targeting a particular trademark owner when a domain name is very short.

08 February 2016

No life in appeal of VITA+VERDE application before General Court

A recent General Court ruling which upheld a decision of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s Second Board of Appeal to refuse registration of the mark VITA+VERDE reinforces a number of existing principles in relation to the assessment of a likelihood of confusion.

10 March 2016

Apple prevails in trademark opposition

The Patent Office has upheld an opposition by Apple Inc against a trademark application by domestic company FrameWorkz ehf, on the grounds of likelihood of confusion.

02 March 2016

IKEA’s widespread trademark use in Indonesia is not enough use

A recent Supreme Court decision cancelling some of IKEA’s trademarks on the grounds of non-use means that any three-year period of non-use potentially makes trademarks vulnerable and subsequent use does not rectify this. A harsh judgment, perhaps, but one which is within the interpretation of the law.

20 January 2016

Nestlé vows to battle on after latest Kit Kat blow in the High Court

In the latest development of the long-running dispute over Nestlé's efforts to secure trademark registration for the 'four-finger' Kit Kat shape, the High Court of England and Wales has dismissed the company’s appeal against a UK Intellectual Property Office finding that the mark is devoid of inherent distinctive character and has not acquired such character through use.

04 May 2018

adidas and Nike revealed as most visible brands on social media platforms

The brand logos which appear the most on Instagram and Twitter have been revealed, with sports brands adidas and Nike leading the pack. The results also reveal which brands are perceived the most positively and negatively, as well as those most targeted by fraudsters.

01 May 2018

Plain packaging in South Africa, Alibaba cryptocurrency blow and a trademark tour of Seattle: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Pfizer’s counterfeit enforcement stats, Apple’s purchase of a non-registered Chinese mark, the South African government’s comment period on plain packaging, and much more.

19 October 2017

Samsung revealed as brand UK consumers are most loyal to; expert warns of Brexit impact on customer loyalty

A first-of-its-kind research project has revealed the brands that UK consumers are most committed and loyal to, with technology giants Samsung and Apple topping the inaugural ranking.

02 February 2018

Scotch Whisky toasts trademark renewal, fake toy epidemic, and IACC looks back on 2017: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at Costco Korea losing a design infringement suit, ICANN extending its GDPR consideration window, the retirement of the Swaziland trademark registrar, and much more.

25 March 2003

'This is our show', entertainment company claims

A US entertainment company has brought an action against two Indian television companies for trademark and copyright infringement. The US company alleges that the Indian television series 'Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai' is an adaptation of its well-known show 'This is Your Life'.

05 January 2018

Department of Justice memo plunges future of marijuana brands into uncertainty

The Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy. Experts tell World Trademark Review why it matters for brands in the sector.

20 November 2017

Number 12 distinctive for door handles

The Finnish Supreme Administrative Court has annulled a decision to refuse registration of the number mark 12 for door handles, stating that since it was not reasonably foreseeable that consumers would associate 12 with the number or price of the door handles, the mark was not devoid of distinctiveness. The decision demonstrates that trademarks consisting of numbers can be registered but will have a weak distinctive character.

24 August 2018

<strong>“It’s not a silver bullet – there are trade-offs”: new perspectives on the use of blockchain against counterfeiters</strong>

Blockchain could play a significant role in the fight against fakes further down the line, and has been the focus of much attention in IP circles.