Adidas Earns its Stripes
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Adidas Earns its Stripes

The three parallel stripes of the Adidas logo, as seen on all of the German company’s products, is quite possibly one of the most recognisable and famous trade marks in the world. Last week, a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) allowed Adidas to oppose a trade mark for a…

Coca-Cola 3D Trade Mark Application Rejected
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Coca-Cola 3D Trade Mark Application Rejected

The EU General Court issued a decision on 24 February rejecting Coca-Cola’s Community Trade Mark (CTM) application for the shape of a bottle. Coca-Cola has successfully registered a number of 3D marks in the past, including their signature bottle which has narrow groves and fluting. The mark of the new application includes a bulge in…

Confusion Over IKEA Trade Marks in Indonesia
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Confusion Over IKEA Trade Marks in Indonesia

There has been some confusion about the implications of a recent decision of the Indonesian Supreme Court relating to trademarks registered in Indonesia by IKEA, the Swedish and famous flat-pack furniture company. The Supreme Court decision was handed down in 2015 although the decision was not widely reported until February 2016. Background IKEA registered trademarks…

Jeb Bush ‘Trumped’ in Domain Name Acquisition
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Jeb Bush ‘Trumped’ in Domain Name Acquisition

In a blow to the Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, it has been speculated that Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman and fellow front-runner in the presidential election may have acquired the domain name which belonged to Jeb Bush, www.jebbush.com. If an online searcher visits this website, they will be re-directed to Trump’s campaign website www.donaldjtrump.com…

General Court ‘Pours’ Over CTM Opposition of Registration Relating to the Wine Industry
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General Court ‘Pours’ Over CTM Opposition of Registration Relating to the Wine Industry

In the recent decision in the case of Antica Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Dei Conti Leone De Castris Srl v OHIM the General Court dismissed an appeal following a trade mark dispute between Italian and Spanish wine producers. Background In January 2012, the applicant, Italian wine producer Antica Azienda Agricola Vitivinicola Dei Conti Leone De Castris…