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16 August 2019

Fifty years later, Woodstock festival gains right to sell WOODSTOCK-branded marijuana 

Woodstock Ventures, the owner of the Woodstock music festival, has won the right to use the mark WOODSTOCK to sell cannabis products in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the famous music festival.

16 August 2019

Wrestling with a heavyweight portfolio: Exclusive interview with WWE’s IP counsel 

At the helm of WWE’s IP department reign two central figures: Lauren Dienes-Middlen and Matthew Winterroth. WTR asked them to reveal the secrets of their success. 

15 August 2019

Belgian appeal court tosses SPA Mineral Water’s trademark infringement claims: third parties free to use and register SPA for cosmetic products

A groundbreaking decision of the Ghent Court of Appeal has significantly increased the chances for third parties to successfully register their SPA brand in Class 3 at the Benelux and EU level.

15 August 2019

General Court: genuine use may be established if mark as used differs from mark as registered only in insignificant respects

The decision of the EU General Court in mobile.de v EUIPO highlights that a mark owner may, in the commercial exploitation of the sign, make variations which, without altering its distinctive character, enable it to be better adapted to the requirements of the goods or services concerned.

15 August 2019

“A spectacular own goal”? EUIPO warns of applications with long lists of goods and services caused by its own tool

The EUIPO has warned about EUTMs with long lists of goods and services. A WTR investigation finds that the cause appears to be linked to the EUIPO’s own goods and services builder tool.

14 August 2019

Matters to be addressed in future revision of Trademark Law

Earlier this year, China’s Trademark Law was rapidly revised without public consultation. This update analyses what remains to be done and what a fifth revision of the Trademark Law should cover.

14 August 2019

Nigerian Trademark Registry: recent developments expected to benefit IP system

Developments that have taken place at the Nigerian Trademark Registry over the past few months have been widely welcomed by the trademark community. Among other things, it is hoped that the establishment of the new Trademark Tribunal will speed up opposition proceedings.

14 August 2019

Warning issued over brand name squatting in Nigeria: how to fight back 

While brands are long used to the scourge of trademark squatting in a number of jurisdictions, it can be easy to overlook the challenge posed by companies trading off their name. A legal expert in Nigeria warns that the latter is a significant threat.

13 August 2019

Blow for Red Bull as CJEU confirms invalidity of blue and silver colour marks

In Red Bull Gmbh v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed an appeal against a General Court decision upholding a finding of invalidity in respect of Red Bull’s blue and silver colour marks.

10 August 2019

Poland’s economy continues to exhibit remarkable growth, but can local brands keep up?

The former communist state has developed a strong market economy, and local brands have the opportunity to exploit these conditions to gain both domestic and international traction.

08 August 2019

Branding lessons from Barbie: interview with professor of law Dan Hunter 

Mattel has wielded intellectual property to protect Barbie since her creation in 1959, building one of the most identifiable brands of the 20th century. Professor Dan Hunter notes that there are practical lessons to be learned from Mattel’s innovative enforcement strategies.

08 August 2019

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between MANDO and earlier MAN marks

The EU General Court has partially upheld a decision of the First Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the word mark MANDO and earlier international registrations for the figurative mark MAN.

07 August 2019

Significant amendments to the Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Property Code

Important amendments to the Turkish Regulation on the Implementation of the Industrial Property Code were published in the Official Gazette on 8 July 2019.

05 August 2019

Sportsbet takes punt on descriptive mark

The decision of the Australian Trademark Office in Sportsbet Pty Ltd regarding the inherent capacity to distinguish of the mark SAME GAME MULTI provides a reminder of the perils of adopting descriptive trademarks.

02 August 2019

Chinese law firm seeks to buy US trademarks: inside the market for ‘idle’ registrations

Over the past week, law firms across the US have been contacted by an IP agency based in China asking if they have registered trademarks to sell. Talking exclusively to WTR, a representative for this agency explains the inner workings of this market for marks.