Football teams and corporates are cashing in on brand value, but a changing industry means clubs need to use new methods to continue strengthening their presence and engagement levels
While most of the provisions of the China-US Economic and Trade Agreement aim to improve the protection of US IP rights, Section F: Geographical Indications (GIs) introduces a means of challenging the GIs that may prevent market access to certain US goods.
In Urban Alley Brewery Pty Ltd v La Sirène Pty Ltd, the Federal Court of Australia has concluded that the trademark URBAN ALE for beer should be cancelled because it is descriptive of beer products produced in an inner-city location.
Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad.
Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective marks have a different function than regular trademarks.
In the long-running dispute between ice cream manufacturers Emmessís ehf and Kjörís ehf, the Supreme Court of Iceland has upheld a First Appeal Court decision ordering the revocation of Kjörís ehf’s mark TOPPÍS for goods in Class 30.
The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges.
While there is cause for alarm in many industries whenever a potential new pandemic arrives, one company has found itself in the spotlight for a different reason following the coronavirus outbreak – the Corona beer brand.
In Vins el Cep v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative trademark MIM NATURA and the earlier word marks MM and MUMM for Class 33 goods.
Ferrero SpA has been dealt another blow in its attempt to register the packaging of its Ferrero Rocher chocolates as a trademark in Singapore. The case highlights the difficulty in establishing the distinctive character of shape marks, especially where they take the shape of the product itself.
The US Postal Service, Amazon and Google have topped a ranking of the most trusted brands in the United States. But while reliability is key to securing consumer trust, ethical issues are becoming increasingly important.
Amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Geographical Indications, which bring the national legislation into line with Regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, entered into force on 1 January 2020.
In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant.
In Amigüitos pets & life v EUIPO, the General Court has scored one for the little guy against big hitter Nestlé.
In Super bock group v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark CRYSTAL for non-alcoholic beverages and foodstuffs in Class 30 and the earlier Portuguese mark CRISTAL for beer in Class 32.