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General Court confirms likelihood of confusion due to high similarity between earlier mark and co-dominant element in contested mark

The conclusion that there was a likelihood of confusion in the minds of the relevant public was further reinforced by the fact that the relevant public may perceive the contested sign as an ‘umbrella’ mark.

18 February 2022

Good news for Mattel as General Court upholds decision to invalidate dolls head design

This decision confirms that commercial or aesthetic considerations are irrelevant to the assessment of the designer's freedom in creating a design.

15 February 2022

Recent seizures highlight benefits of registering product shapes as 3D trademarks

Recent seizures of counterfeit shoes and mobile phone accessories demonstrate why it is advisable to obtain protection for product shapes as 3D trademarks.

14 February 2022

How to mitigate undue seizure risk when shipping marked goods to the Balkans

An annual Customs surveillance petition for trademark owners can offer various benefits for trademark owners shipping goods across international borders

10 February 2022

Application for WOOD STEP LAMINATE FLOORING does not survive opposition based on earlier STEP mark

The case highlights that the possible existence of a likelihood of confusion on the part of a section of the relevant public in the European Union is sufficient for registration of a mark to be refused.

09 February 2022

USPTO launches pro bono clearinghouse; Mattel wins Disney Princess; UKIPO wants designs views – news digest

We look at Sony dropping its social media copyright dispute with Gymshark, Little Caesars filing suit against franchisees, and much more.

28 January 2022

Trademark registration becomes mandatory for e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes manufacturers should be aware that it is now compulsory to obtain a trademark registration with the CNIPA before launching their brands on the Chinese market.

28 January 2022

A blow to Google, a victory for Champagne and more – five Asia-Pacific Legal Updates that you may have missed

Each quarter we are running a series of pieces highlighting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed. We continue our series with takeaways from recent developments in China, India, Russia and Thailand.

25 January 2022

“[Your infringing customisation here]”: are personalised gifts a counterfeit issue?

Powell Gilbert IP experts assess the legal implications of selling customisable products where brands are involved.

21 January 2022

WTR Brand Elite analysis: December 2021

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The WTR Brand Elite indices rose five points in the month ending 31 December, hitting its highest level since we started tracking the indices four years ago.

20 January 2022

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