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General Court upholds validity of registered Community design for LEGO toy brick

A design will be declared invalid, in accordance with Article 8 of Regulation 6/2002, only in the case where all of its characteristics are excluded from protection.

15 February 2024

50 years of Hello Kitty IP, from coin purses to metaverse cafés

On the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty, WTR looks back at five decades of brand licensing agreements and trademark filing data for parent company Sanrio.

13 February 2024

Procter & Gamble v Momeasy: key takeaways

The decision notably highlights that copyright infringement cannot be established by the registrar in trademark opposition proceedings.

13 February 2024

Joint European Commission-EUIPO report on detentions of products infringing industrial and IP rights

Detentions of goods suspected of infringing industrial and IP rights at the EU border decreased by 15% compared to 2021. However, the value of the products increased by 11%.

08 February 2024

Premier League appeal victory highlights principles of composite mark comparison

The Delhi High Court has favoured the Football Association Premier League in an appeal brought by textile company Premier Mills. The decision sheds light on the laws that govern the comparison of composite trademarks in India and how they can be applied in disputes.

08 February 2024

Icons of industry: help us to choose this year’s IP Hall of Fame inductees

WTR and IAM have launched their annual search to identify outstanding individuals to induct into the IP Hall of Fame.

06 February 2024

Sika fails to stop Nippon Paint from using disputed get-up involving colours and numeral

The case highlights that the courts are generally reluctant to grant exclusive rights in the use of a particular colour or common numeral.

05 February 2024

US court due to hear range of allegations against Shein is unusual choice, docket data suggests

The US District Court for the District of Columbia appears to be a unique choice for Temu’s latest filing against its rival Shein, with the court largely inexperienced in trademark and copyright cases.

02 February 2024

DUMAX and DULUX - same paint, different colour?

Paint giant Akzonobel, owner of the DULUX mark, successfully asserted infringement under Section 34(1)(c) of the Trademarks Act, which protects against dilution of well-known marks.

30 January 2024

LEGO Group triumphs using copyright to stop counterfeiters with record-breaking turnover

The LEGO Group’s legal team reveals the strategy that went into arguing its products should be protected as artistic works, in order to succeed against copycats in China.

29 January 2024

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