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Delhi High Court: invisible use of trademark as keyword in Google AdWord amounts to use and infringement

This decision of the Delhi High Court deals a major blow to Google, which may have to rethink its Google Ads programme.

12 January 2022

USPTO director confirmation vote delayed; Snap Spectacles lawsuit; Reckitt to sell E45 brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling an administrative sanctions process, illegal online pharmacies legislation gaining momentum, and much more.

07 January 2022

US trademark litigation data dive: the most active companies and firms in 2021

Trademark litigation filings at US district court level registered a small increase on 2020 in 2021, according to the latest data from Docket Navigator. However, litigation actions continue to trail pre-pandemic levels.

07 January 2022

Supreme Court confirms that purchase of competitors’ trademarks as keywords on search engines does not violate unfair competition law

This is one of two Norwegian Supreme Court decisions handed down on the same day regarding the relationship between trademark law and unfair competition law.

07 January 2022

Court upholds Davidoff’s rights in CHAMPION and dumbbell shape marks

Zino Davidoff SA has prevailed in a dispute with Ramsons Perfumes Pvt Ltd over the use of the mark CHAMPION and a dumbbell-shaped bottle for perfumes.

06 January 2022

Weider keeps Morinaga’s IN mark out of register

US nutrition company Weider has successfully relied on rights in its IN word mark in an action for a declaration of invalidity of Morinaga’s registered IN logo in Singapore.

06 January 2022

Big little lies: guidelines for challenging acquired distinctiveness claims

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has examined, for the second time, the standard for demonstrating fraud in a claim of acquired distinctiveness for purposes of registration under Section 2(f) of the Lanham Act.

05 January 2022

USPTO welcomes new TPAC members; INTA files amicus brief; Match and Muzmatch set for court battle – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Fanatics acquiring Topps trading cards for $500 million, Disney losing its Winnie the Pooh exclusivity, and much more.

04 January 2022

Decades-long Havana Club dispute enters next phase as Bacardi launches new legal action

Bacardi launched legal action against the USPTO last week, asking the court to set aside an earlier decision and declare that Cubaexport’s HAVANA CLUB US trademark registration expired in 2006.

04 January 2022

Chinese courts sanction copycat fragrance using iconic Chanel N°5 trade dress

This case highlights that the registrability of a 3D trademark and the prerequisites for invoking trade dress protection are different matters governed by different laws.

04 January 2022

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