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 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.
In the final part of our series, trademark counsel from law firms across Europe provide an overview of the performance of their countries’ EU trademark courts over the last two years.
The Court of Appeal of Zaragoza in Spain has upheld a judgment of the Trial Court in which the latter had sentenced the defendants for importing thousands of counterfeit t-shirts from China.
The Barcelona Court of Appeal has upheld a condemnatory judgment sentencing an online seller of counterfeit shoes for committing a crime under Article 274 of the Criminal Code.
Despite being key litigation battlegrounds, counsel confidence in the court systems of China and the United States remains shaky.
Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.
In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government pledging to crackdown on counterfeit goods, a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise, and much more.
The Spanish Supreme Court has addressed the controversial issue of the standing of foreign companies which do not operate directly in Spain to bring actions under the Spanish Unfair Competition Act, by dismissing an appeal against a US company’s standing to sue a Spanish distributor.