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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

WTR Brand Elite analysis: August 2021

Featured in Stock market performance

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

23 September 2021

Volkswagen drops ‘.brand’ new gTLD; Ice Cube likeness claim fails again; Watercress added to UK GI list – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how verification sticker labels are reducing counterfeit seed cases in Kenya, Nodwin Gaming acquiring an IP portfolio, and much more.

21 September 2021

How Ford is redefining itself – starting with legacy trademarks

Evolving industries and a renewed brand focus require a new way of navigating trademark issues, reveals Ford chief trademark counsel Sharon Sorkin.

08 September 2021

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