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Successful MLBPA trademark suit shines spotlight on priority of use and likelihood of confusion

In its ruling on MLBPA trademark oppositions made on behalf of New York Yankees star player Aaron Judge, the TTAB has analysed key factors establishing priority of use and employed the Dupont factors to assess the likelihood of confusion caused by the relevant marks.

11 May 2023

Decision sidesteps anti-dissection rule to insist that trademark components matter

The Delhi High Court’s analysis of a trademark conflict involving media conglomerate BCCL emphasises the shared, dominant feature of competing marks, which could well prove seismic for owners of marks with common characteristics. 

11 May 2023

Wide-ranging draft amendment looks set to reshape trademark landscape

The recently passed draft aims to modernise the Taiwanese trademark regime, shaking up pre-existing policies with regard to applications, reviews, oppositions, cancellations and Customs proceedings.

11 May 2023

Copyright terms and trademark rights: a practitioner’s guide to the US public domain

In this guest analysis, Coates IP partners Allisen Rae Pawlenty and Stephen Jadie Coates navigate the limits of the US public domain and derivative works, offering practical advice to IP practitioners.

04 May 2023

Lookalikes and copycats: what we have learnt from recent cases

A roster of lookalike cases have come to the fore over the last year in the UK. Hogan Lovells’ Joel Smith and Grace Gladdle present lessons and takeaways from this flurry of cases.

03 May 2023

China trademark registration rate falls; Katy Perry loses Katie Perry suit; UKIPO publishes priorities – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new EUIPO report revealing that less than a quarter of EU designers are women, OpSec Group set to become a public company, and much more.

28 April 2023

Trademark cancellation in Nigeria: a post­-registration process?

Recent adjustments made by the trademark registry concerning cancellation under Section 31 of the Trademarks Act could have unintended negative consequences.

28 April 2023

Alcohol labelling spat highlights jurisdictional limits

The Delhi High Court’s ruling on the conflict between competitors in India’s alcoholic beverages industry sheds light on the influence of jurisdictional restraints on where plaintiffs can file suits and whether a court can hear them.

27 April 2023

LVMH ruling establishes new interpretations of well-known marks and their protection

A decision from the Supreme Administrative Court’s Grand Chamber lowers the levels of consumer and industry awareness needed to prove a mark’s well-known status and receive requisite protections.

27 April 2023

Federal Circuit ruling against Apple demonstrates limits of trademark tacking

In its reversal of a TTAB decision, an appeal court has reaffirmed the need for rights holders to demonstrate that their pre-existing mark covers all services specified in their new application in order to tack the latter’s use to the former’s earlier priority date.

27 April 2023

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