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Is it possible to register country names as trademarks?

After six years in wait, the EUIPO’s Grand Board is now examining an invalidation motion filed by the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs against the British supermarket chain Iceland.

04 August 2022

Inside Manolo Blahnik’s 22-year trademark battle

DLA Piper, the legal adviser to Manolo Blahnik, recounts a trademark battle that spanned 22 years but ended with Blahnik winning the fight to register his brand in China.

03 August 2022

Brands celebrate Euros win; Myanmar issues trademark forms; Hello Kitty NFTs – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Iraq issuing a six-month grant to provide missing documents, INAPI naming the first companies to use the Madrid System in Chile, and much more.

02 August 2022

Intellectual Property Law further amended – what you need to know

This update highlights the main points of interest for trademark owners and practitioners, including the introduction of a formal opposition procedure.

29 July 2022

Old tricks, new approaches and more: five Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed

Each quarter we are running a series of pieces presenting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed. For this instalment we turn our attention to the Asia-Pacific region.

27 July 2022

Landmark ruling could turn the tide against trademark hijackers in China

The Fujian High Court has upheld a ruling finding against persistent trademark hijackers, a critical issue in China’s IP landscape. DLA Piper’s Horace Lam and Allen Xu explore why the case is such a big step forward for brand owners in China.

14 July 2022

Questions remain regarding the registration of trademarks in the metaverse

Nike is registering its marks in new classes to keep up with the evolving virtual trademark landscape, however it is unclear if and how Taiwan’s IP system will adapt to protect IP rights in the metaverse.

14 July 2022

New industrial property law proposal aims to reduce trademark procedure timelines

A new act proposes to simplify trademark proceedings in Poland; however, the effective acceleration of trademark proceedings cannot be based on the shortening of the parties’ deadlines.

14 July 2022

The battle for Dunder Mifflin: the global effort to trademark a fictional paper company

NBCUniversal has challenged a US trademark for DUNDER MIFFLIN, with the applicant hitting back at what he calls “puffed-up claims”.

13 July 2022

Banksy dispute heads down under: ‘damning’ document could spell doom for trademarks, claims opponent

Continuing a long-running dispute, street artist Banksy is facing greeting card retailer Full Colour Black in two oppositions at IP Australia.

11 July 2022

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