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Trademark consisting solely of colours granted to Korean company for the first time

The Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board found that the mark had a unique colour combination that was not commonly found within the industry.

02 December 2022

CNIPA strikes decade-old trademark registrations incorporating Bruce Lee’s image on ground of deceptiveness

It seems that the CNIPA stretched the ground of deceptiveness in this case to serve a good cause.

01 December 2022

Lao Department of Intellectual Property issues country’s first trademark cancellation decision

The decisions constitute a significant development in cancellation proceedings in Laos, and will hopefully build momentum for other types of adversarial proceedings.

01 December 2022

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan “stirs debate” on publicity rights after image misused in ads and scams

An interim injunction granted to Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan against the misuse of his name, image and likeness in promotional campaigns could pave the way for future publicity rights in India.

30 November 2022

Court of Rome sides with Juventus in first European decision on use of trademarks in NFTs

The decision is particularly interesting in light of the future addition - from 1 January 2023 - of NFTs to the list of goods falling within Class 9.

30 November 2022

Major success for Banksy at the EUIPO Board of Appeal

The Fifth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO rejected the claim that the figurative mark known as “Laugh Now, But One Day We’ll Be In Charge” had been applied for in bad faith.

30 November 2022

Canada: trademark litigation

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2023

Canada has a robust system of trademark enforcement with several available causes of action for an aggrieved owner.

30 November 2022

China: trademark litigation

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2023

China has a comprehensive and integrated legal framework for trademark protection based on domestic legislation and international IP treaties and conventions. The Trademark Law and its implementing regulations are the primary sources of law on trademark protection in China.

30 November 2022

Greece: trademark litigation

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2023

Trademarks in Greece are regulated by Law No. 4679/2020, which implements Directive (EU) 2015/2436 (the Trademark Directive) and Directive 2004/48/EC (the Enforcement Directive).

30 November 2022

United States: trademark litigation

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2023

Each US state has its own statutory scheme governing registration and related remedies, but federal registration at the USPTO provides more robust protection.

30 November 2022

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