Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks.
In a case involving multinational retailer Carrefour, the Spanish Supreme Court has confirmed that under no circumstances can a trademark that is no longer used on the market seek protection.
The Criminal Court No 15 of Valencia has sentenced the managers of a company in the souvenir industry for committing a crime against IP rights under with Article 273 of the Criminal Code.
The Barcelona Court of Appeal has revoked a first-instance judgment which had dismissed the claims filed by the owner and licensee of the MUSTELA mark against its former distributor and various other companies.
Spain’s EU Trademark Court has upheld a first-instance decision in which Equivalenza Retail SL had been sentenced for infringing various trademarks, owned by Hugo Boss, Gucci and Lacoste, among others, in the context of its smell-alike business.
The Court of Appeal of Valencia, acting as a trial court, has sentenced two defendants to one-and-a-half years in prison for importing several thousands of pairs of counterfeit adidas shoes for commercial purposes.
Section 8 of the Alicante Court of Appeal, acting as the EU Trademark Court, has declared that a product marketed under the name Ibiza Beach infringed The Absolut Company AB’s trademarks for the shape of its Malibu bottle.
With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club.
In exclusive research from WTR, the EUIPO has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the third year in a row. Closely behind are the registries of Chile, Singapore and Spain.
In a case involving a Community design owned by the Robin Ruth Group, a Spanish trial court has sentenced the defendant for committing a crime against intellectual property under Article 273.3 of the Criminal Code.
In a dispute between two mobile phone companies, the EU Trademark Court Number 1 of Alicante has confirmed that importing goods that were originally intended to be marketed outside the European Economic Area without the trademark owner's consent constitutes infringement.
The legal framework relating to industrial designs in Spain is circumscribed, as far as national legislation is concerned, to Law 20/2003 on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs (7 July 2003) and the Regulation for the Implementation of Law 20/2003 on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs, approved by Royal Decree 1937/2004 (7 September 2004).
In a case involving counterfeit FC Barcelona products, the Court of Appeal of Barcelona has confirmed that the defendant had committed a crime against intellectual property under Article 274 of the Criminal Code.
Following the approval of a preliminary draft law partially amending the Spanish Trademark Act in order to incorporate Directive 2015/2436, various consulting bodies have given their opinions on the draft text, highlighting certain aspects which they believed could be improved.
In this exclusive guest insight, CompuMark’s Robert Reading shares his takeaways – and why trademarks are taking a more prominent role in the analysis of IP analytics.