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FLOOR XPERT case: IPOS considers meaning of ‘use to acquire distinctiveness’

Use of a mark in a brand owner’s corporate name, website and/or social media handle may constitute use of the mark for the purposes of trademark registration.

18 July 2022

Notable trends in trademark litigation and enforcement in China: takeaways from QBPC’s top 10 cases lists

QBPC’s selected cases highlight new methods of calculating damages and compensation, the use of big data, and increased cooperation between authorities and businesses.

13 July 2022

Verisure’s ZEROVISION mark found to be descriptive for smoke machines and security systems

In a blow to international security company Verisure, the Oslo District Court has upheld the refusal to register the mark ZEROVISION for smoke machines in Class 7 and security systems in Class 9.

13 July 2022

CHEF LINE: descriptive or suggestive?

The IP adjudicator found that, while the mark CHEF LINE was inherently descriptive in relation to the goods and services at issue, it had acquired distinctive character through use.

12 July 2022

Unite the Union fails to obtain cancellation of WATERFORD mark for glassware

The Board of Appeal was right in finding that the Waterford Study did not prove that the city of Waterford had a reputation in relation to the production of crystal or glass.

08 July 2022

Copyright owner successfully defeats trademark squatter

The Supreme People's Court has held that specific calligraphy characters may constitute works of art protected under the Copyright Law and that the defendants’ registered trademark infringed the plaintiffs’ copyright.

07 July 2022

Good news for Huawei as PTO and IP Police coordinate successful raid against Lima shopping centre

The authorities seized a large number of counterfeit items bearing the HUAWEI trademarks that were being sold as genuine goods.

05 July 2022

The CLIPPER case: Beijing High Court finds that 3D mark containing distinctive word element is non-distinctive

The incoherent methodology adopted by the Beijing High Court and the CNIPA could further complicate the prosecution landscape for 3D marks in China.

27 June 2022

WTR Brand Elite analysis: May 2022

Featured in Stock market performance

The WTR Brand Elite dropped a point in the month ending 31 May, as stock markets around the world returned mixed results. Companies in the energy sector, though, had a strong month.

23 June 2022

Counterfeit dealer gets smoked in trademark preliminary injunction proceedings

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that AK Futures’ psychoactive products were legal and could support a valid trademark.

17 June 2022

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