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17 February 2020

More encouraging news for owners of products with famous shapes: district court recognises distinctive nature of Chanel bags

A recent decision of the Seoul Central District Court in a case involving lookalike Chanel bags should encourage owners of products with famous shapes to consider taking more forceful steps to stop the sales of lookalikes in Korea.

17 February 2020

Appellate court rules that use of a registered trademark as part of a trade name may constitute actionable infringement

In SkyWorld Development Sdn Bhd v Skyworld Holdings Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has held, for the first time, that an action for infringement can be based on the use of a registered mark as part of a trade or company name.

13 February 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks.

12 February 2020

Supreme Court confirms revocation of TOPPÍS in ice cream war

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. 

11 February 2020


In a victory for international outdoors clothing company Timberland, the Patent and Market Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TIMBERZ and the earlier mark TIMBERLAND for clothing.

10 February 2020

Supreme Court affirms transfer of ‘’ is reasonable remedy for infringement

The Norwegian Supreme Court has upheld a decision ordering the transfer of the domain name ‘’ on the grounds that its use constitutes infringement of the Norwegian trademark APPEAR TV.

06 February 2020

EU countries criticised for diverging IP policies in latest US Chamber of Commerce IP Index

The index appraises the global IP environment, with the US regime regarded as the gold standard, providing insight into the fracture lines that exist between EU and US policy, as well as current sentiment towards China’s trade efforts.

05 February 2020

"Trademark troll" Michael Gleissner launches N-Cubator brand consultancy

WTR has discovered that multi-millionaire Michael Gleissner appears to have launched a brand consultancy firm, called N-Cubator, which boasts of having access to “a large portfolio of trademarks and domain names”.

03 February 2020

Thirteen counterfeit hotspots in India that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to India.

03 February 2020

Corona beer or Coronavirus? How a brand should handle potentially damaging mix-ups

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.

31 January 2020

CENTRAL PARK case: Delhi High Court rejects 'common to the trade' plea

In Central Park Estates Pvt Ltd v Godrej Skyline Developers Private Limited, the Delhi High Court has upheld an interim injunction in favour of Central Park Estates prohibiting Godrej Skyline Developers from using the mark GODREJ CENTRAL PARK.

31 January 2020

<em>Coty v Cosmopolitan Cosmetics</em>: decoded products may be counterfeits

In a case involving the resale of fragrance products after the removal of their production codes, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that the plaintiffs had stated a plausible claim that the decoded products were counterfeit goods.

30 January 2020

Rotkäppchen-Mumm successfully defends its MM and MUMM marks

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.

30 January 2020

Corporate criminal liability gets first test for IP crimes

The People’s Court of Phu Tho Province has considered the first case involving the criminal liability of a corporate entity for IP crimes under Vietnam’s new Penal Code.

30 January 2020

“Justice has been done” – H&M prevails in long-running two-stripes trademark battle

In what could be the end of the oldest pending two-stripes legal case in the European Union, H&M has been victorious against adidas in a trademark dispute in the Netherlands, with what one attorney describes as a “far-reaching decision”.