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21 October 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Raphael Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risk – from phishing to genericism. Raphael Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected.

18 October 2019

Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol – what you need to know

Following the coming into force of the Madrid Protocol in Brazil on 2 October 2019, this update reviews the key aspects that foreign legal entities and individuals seeking to file applications designating Brazil should take into consideration.

17 October 2019

Mattel Inc overcomes obstacle to BARBIE® trademark registration in Ukraine

Mattel Inc has obtained the cancellation of the mark БАРБІ (‘BARBI’ in Cyrillic) in Classes 29, 30 and 32, thereby removing the obstacle to the registration of its BARBIE mark in Classes 8, 29, 30 and 32.

17 October 2019

Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications

Following the entry into force of the Industrial Property Code on 10 January 2017, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has announced the issuance of long-awaited new guidelines for the examination of trademark applications.

16 October 2019

Lost in translation? Board of Appeal should have considered Italian and Spanish-speaking public

In Vafo Praha sro v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks MEATLOVE and CARNILOVE.

16 October 2019

USPTO fee rises: registry bombarded with letters from graphic designers and small business owners

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign.

16 October 2019

Global trademark growth slowing as China continues to dominate – breaking down the WIPO Indicators 2019 report

WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data.

11 October 2019

ADDICTED 'marijuana' device mark invalidated on application by adidas

In a decision that provides a warning to companies seeking to parody well-known brands, the UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld adidas's application for a declaration of invalidity of the device mark ADDICTED.

10 October 2019

Vietnam joins the Hague System

On 30 September 2019 Vietnam presented its instrument of accession to the Hague System to WIPO. Vietnam is now a member of all three international registration systems, in addition to the PCT system for patents and the Madrid system for trademarks.

10 October 2019

#DARFERDAS? case: CJEU clarifies distinctiveness requirements

In a case involving the mark #DARFERDAS?, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that, when examining the distinctive character of a mark, all the likely types of use must be taken into account.

09 October 2019

The similarity threshold for trademark dilution under Article 8(5) – how low does it go?

The EU General Court has overturned the denial of Volvo’s opposition against the registration of the mark V-WHEELS, holding that the EUIPO had incorrectly found that the relevant marks were dissimilar for the purposes of Article 8(5) of EU Regulation 2017/1001.

07 October 2019

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between MEDIWELL and WELL AND WELL

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between IRF’s figurative mark MEDIWELL and earlier WELL AND WELL marks belonging to Pharmadom.

04 October 2019

adidas’ Telstar football registered as 3D mark

In an arguably controversial decision, the Bolivian Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the registration of a 3D trademark representing the official 2018 World Cup ball for goods in Class 28 in the name of adidas AG.

04 October 2019

Serbia’s draft Trademark Law – what you need to know

The Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia has prepared a draft Trademark Law which aims to further harmonise Serbian trademark legislation with that of the European Union. This update highlights the key points of interest for trademark owners.

03 October 2019

Porsche loses design protection for its latest 911

The EU General Court has confirmed the cancellation of Porsche’s registered Community design for the latest iteration of its 911 model for lack of individual character.