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BUENOS AIRES held to be registrable for products in Class 32

The court upheld the principle that geographical names may be registered as trademarks, except if they are appellations of origin or are likely to mislead the public.

14 September 2022

Iceland and Iceland return to court; USPTO threatens termination of 13,000 marks; Ford heads to the metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Diageo winning an injunction over whiskey lookalikes, an NBA player seeking cancellation of a trademark filed by his mother, and much more.

13 September 2022

10 counterfeit hotspots in China that brand owners should be aware of

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to arguably the world’s main focal point for fake goods: China.

13 September 2022

A ‘karate battle’: appointed person assesses bad faith as ground to protect trademark abroad

This dispute involving the mark MR MIYAGI’S for bar and restaurant services illustrates how a bad-faith claim can cross the territorial boundaries of trademarks if dishonest conduct is involved.

06 September 2022

CJEU: member states are obliged to prevent use of PDOs on goods exported to third countries

The CJEU has held that, by failing to prevent or stop the use by Danish dairy producers of the PDO ‘Feta’ to designate cheese not complying with the product specification, Denmark had failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 13 of Regulation 1151/2012.

05 September 2022

Don’t dew it: Second Circuit cans likelihood of confusion argument

In this dispute between Rise Brewing and PepsiCo over the latter’s use of the word ‘rise’ for energy drinks, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has found that the district court had erred in assessing the strength of the trademark RISE.

02 September 2022

Biscuit packaging appeal crumbles

The case highlights the difficulties in obtaining protection for the packaging of goods, even when such packaging differs from that of competitors.

31 August 2022

Myths of trademark tarnishment: groundbreaking study suggests legislation rethink required

Academic behind new study says that if the results are repeated in future, US policymakers should “consider repealing or narrowing protection against tarnishment”.

29 August 2022

Ben and Jerry’s fails in injunction bid against Unilever, as brand and business approaches clash

This week a US district court rejected an injunction request from Ben and Jerry’s to prevent the transfer of its Israeli business to a local licensee.

27 August 2022

Sussex secures UK’s first major region-specific wine PDO

Sussex is the first major wine region in the United Kingdom to be granted UK geographic indication protection as a protected designation of origin.

26 August 2022

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