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Crisis management: increasing recalls put strain on consumer products and auto industry

Consumer products and auto brands will have to reassess their crisis management strategy to prevent reputational damage in the face of increased product recalls.

29 November 2021

Nissan v EUIPO: General Court rules that E-POWER and VDL E-POWER are not confusingly similar

This dispute between Japanese car manufacturer Nissan and Dutch company VDL Groep highlights the role that company names can play within composite marks.

24 November 2021

Board of Appeal annuls refusal to register position marks for taxi services

The Board of Appeal has annulled decisions of the Estonian Patent Office refusing to register position marks consisting of a black checkerboard device on a yellow oval background placed on the front door of a taxi car.

17 November 2021

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between SYNDICATE marks

The General Court held that the consumers concerned would assume - or were liable to assume - that the mark RACING SYNDICATE was merely a special product line covered by the earlier mark SYNDICATE.

16 November 2021

CJEU: partial designs may be protected as unregistered Community designs

This judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union is welcome in that it rejects the additional criteria that the German courts had tried to impose on design protection for parts of products.

12 November 2021

IP Court decision highlights evidence of use required to defend against non-use cancellation action

This decision of Taiwan’s IP Court demonstrates what type of evidence is required to prove trademark use when the mark at issue is used on a website that does not have a ‘.tw’ top-level domain.

09 November 2021

Škoda v Škoda: limited scope of an opposition in the context of an appeal before the Board of Appeal

In these opposition proceedings between Škoda Auto and Škoda Investment, the General Court found that the partial annulment of the Opposition Division’s decision was correct in view of the scope of the opposition set out by Škoda Investment.

25 October 2021

Commercial Court issues significant decision on fake car parts

This landmark ruling of the Commercial Court in Belgrade should provide rights holders with a useful tool in their fight against fake auto parts.

20 October 2021

eBay urged to ban airbag sales; McDonald’s prevails in McVegan dispute; INTA files amicus brief – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how digital stamps help tackle fakes in Tanzania, brands warning of marketing activism, and much more.

19 October 2021

General Court: EUTM for tyres filed in bad faith to take advantage of lack of protection of competitor’s mark in Bulgaria

In these invalidity proceedings between rival tyre manufacturers, the General Court agreed with the EUIPO that it was “practically impossible” that Univers Agro intended to honestly use the mark AGATE in the course of trade.

15 October 2021

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