Sector: Food and Beverage

Latest content

Enhanced version of 2021 WTR 300 now available

WTR is pleased to unveil the enhanced version of this year’s WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. New features include in-depth profiles highlighting the roles and achievements of these industry experts.

09 August 2021

CCFN keeps an eye on Mexico GI regime after a year of USMCA

Focus remains on Mexico adhering to the terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement as Consortium for Common Food Names senior director Shawna Morris considers the treaty’s effects on geographical indications over the past 12 months.

09 August 2021

PepsiCo sells Tropicana brand; Oatly loses infringement suit; Banjul Protocol effective in The Gambia – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security launching an analytics tool to neutralise bad actor networks, a Scottish knitwear company winning an EUIPO appeal, and much more.

06 August 2021

Disclaimers in trademarks – not so sweet after all

In these opposition proceedings against a composite trademark covering a broad range of goods in Class 30, the applicant’s statutory rights were restricted significantly - not by the opponent’s prior rights or reputation, but by savvy legal arguments.

06 August 2021

INTA files amicus brief on product feature protection, warns of threat to array of registered marks

INTA has filed an amicus brief before the US Supreme Court in a case concerning the protection of product features as trademarks and the extent to which such protection is available based on the concept of functionality.

03 August 2021

Success for Lindt & Sprüngli; USPTO celebrates Lanham Act anniversary; Philippines joins TMclass – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Scamadviser announcing a new member, Ebro Foods looking to offload more brands, the UK government setting out its innovation strategy, and much more.

30 July 2021

Kiwis will not confuse port and other wines

These New Zealand opposition proceedings serve as a reminder that, even where the marks and the goods are found to be similar, the opponent is not always certain to win.

30 July 2021

Sound marks in the European Union: General Court rules for the first time on registration of sound mark submitted in audio format

An audio file containing the sound made by the opening of a drinks can, followed by silence and a fizzing sound, cannot be registered as a trademark for various drinks and metal containers for storage or transport.

29 July 2021

Facebook and Microsoft take IP diversity pledge; USPTO publishes new TMEP; Sony sells Crackle trademark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit face masks being seized in Malaysia, Lorna Jane responding to a fine for covid-19-related advertising claims, and much more.

27 July 2021

French Supreme Court issues decision in Morbier case following CJEU’s preliminary ruling

Late last year, the CJEU issued a preliminary ruling on some questions concerning the reproduction of the shape or appearance of a product (here, Morbier cheese) protected by a PDO. The French Supreme Court has now issued its decision based on the CJEU’s answers.

27 July 2021

Get unlimited access to all WTR content