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Gruyere genericide decision rejects “blatant European market-share grab”, says NMPF

The Consortium for Common Food Names and the National Milk Producers Federation have welcomed a US district court ruling confirming that ‘gruyere’ is a generic style of cheese in the United States.

10 January 2022

Weider keeps Morinaga’s IN mark out of register

US nutrition company Weider has successfully relied on rights in its IN word mark in an action for a declaration of invalidity of Morinaga’s registered IN logo in Singapore.

06 January 2022

Decades-long Havana Club dispute enters next phase as Bacardi launches new legal action

Bacardi launched legal action against the USPTO last week, asking the court to set aside an earlier decision and declare that Cubaexport’s HAVANA CLUB US trademark registration expired in 2006.

04 January 2022

Champagne, lipstick, energy drinks: the five most-read Legal Updates of the year

An EU General Court decision concerning use of the colour orange in relation to champagne tops the list of 2021's most-read Legal Updates.

31 December 2021

Spider-Man comic trademark battle; UKIPO denies New Zealand manuka honey GI; CIPO backlog appears to stabilise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WIPO launching a new global awards programme, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seizing fake jewellery and scarves, and much more.

17 December 2021

General Court reiterates criteria for assessing validity of designs in cheese design case

This case serves as an important reminder that designs can be declared invalid based on a much wider range of prior rights than for trademarks.

16 December 2021

Cognac house Martell wins Rmb5 million in damages from Chinese copycats

This case is notable because the controlling shareholder was found jointly and severally liable with the accused companies as a result of receiving payments from buyers of the infringing products.

15 December 2021

A tasty “no” to Champagne bars

Two recent decisions of the Thai registrar of trademarks represent a major win for the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne and GI owners in general.

15 December 2021

Inditex unsuccessful in ZARA appeal to the General Court

Spanish retail giant Inditex has been unsuccessful on appeal in its attempt to register the mark ZARA for a variety of food products, and retail, wholesale and restaurant services.

14 December 2021

Are VITAYUMMY and YUMMI GUMMI confusingly similar?

This dispute between rival companies in the gummy vitamins sector shows the additional flexibility provided by an assessment under the Danish Marketing Practices Act.

13 December 2021

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