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Uzbekistan’s first GI law: what you need to know

It is expected that more geographically related signs and names will be registered, as the GI registration procedure is less rigid and time-consuming than for appellations of origin.

09 May 2022

Lodestar v Bacardi has implications for protection of US marks under Madrid Protocol

A new ruling provides invaluable guidance on who holds enforceable priority when a mark is registered prior to use in commerce yet use did not begin until after the allegedly infringing use began.

05 May 2022

WTR Industry Awards winners revealed as brand leaders convene in Washington DC

In-house excellence has been celebrated at Washington DC’s Planet Word Museum, with the winners of this year’s WTR Industry Awards announced at an exclusive champagne reception.

03 May 2022

NUTRIFEM AGNUBALANCE collides with NUTRIBEN - but not for all goods

The case highlights that, where the purchase of certain goods is driven by an effort to improve health, it can be assumed that the consumer’s level of attention will be higher than average.

29 April 2022

Marks that are a “place of origin” interpreted broadly by the Federal Court

Following the decision, there is a significant risk that applications for marks containing any reference with geographic significance will now face objection.

28 April 2022

China Tang trademark dispute leaves sour taste for Barrow-based takeaway

If the marks are sufficiently similar to create an objective likelihood of confusion, this will outweigh the absence of any evidence of actual confusion.

27 April 2022

BEABA v Biba: why brand owners should consider bad-faith ground as part of opposition strategies

Although bad faith is a serious claim which must be sufficiently supported by evidence, successfully establishing bad faith will obviate the need to prove a likelihood of confusion.

27 April 2022

WINEAPP v WINESAPP: differences between graphic elements sufficient to distinguish between marks

Although the verbal elements of the marks were almost identical, the differences between their visual components meant that consumers could reasonably distinguish between them.

25 April 2022

Energy sector brands on the up as stock markets stabilise: WTR Brand Elite analysis

While our indices of brand-focused companies lost ground to other stock market indices, there were a number of industries that performed well.

21 April 2022

General Court highlights proximity between goods in Classes 32 and 33

As a large number of non-alcoholic beverages in Class 32 and alcoholic beverages in Class 33 are generally consumed or marketed together, there was a proximity between those types of goods.

20 April 2022

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