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Gummy Bears Not So Sweet in Trade Mark Dispute
Mar 11, 2016
A German sweet company, Mederer GmbH (the Applicant), has failed in its appeal against trade mark opposition proceedings brought by Cadbury to invalidate its trade mark registratio...
Putting Your Best Foot Forward - 'HOT SOX' Neither Descriptive Nor Non-Distinctive
Mar 8, 2016
Decision The EU General Court has confirmed OHIM's Board of Appeal decision in rejecting an application for invalidity of the trade mark 'HOT SOX' for hosiery which is registered ...
Apple Sent 'Home' Without a Trade Mark for iPhone Home Button
Mar 3, 2016
The Federal Administrative Court in Switzerland recently agreed with the Swiss Intellectual Property Office that Apple's iPhone home button should be refused trade mark registratio...
Mountain Climbed as High Court Orders Internet Service Providers to Block Infringing Cartier and Montblanc Websites
Mar 2, 2016
Luxury brands Cartier International Limited and Montblanc GmbH recently won an important case the result of which means various leading internet service providers (ISPs) are requir...
Adidas Earns its Stripes
Feb 26, 2016
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. ...
Coca-Cola 3D Trade Mark Application Rejected
Feb 25, 2016
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...
Confusion Over IKEA Trade Marks in Indonesia
Feb 24, 2016
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 fa...
A 'Rum Do' For Bacardi Regarding Havana Club Brand in the US
Feb 18, 2016
Havana Club rum was first created in Cuba in 1936. It is now one of the bestselling brands of rum in the world. Both the Bermuda-based Bacardi and French-based Pernod Ricard sell r...
Jeb Bush 'Trumped' in Domain Name Acquisition
Feb 17, 2016
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 elect...
General Court 'Pours' Over CTM Opposition of Registration Relating to the Wine Industry
Feb 16, 2016
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 disput...
20th Century Fox Not So 'Glee' After Losing Trade Mark Infringement Appeal
Feb 10, 2016
Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Corporation The producer of hit US TV show Glee has lost an appeal against an earlier ruling in which it was found liable for tradem...
Charity at Home Begins with Trade Mark Infringement
Feb 9, 2016
When consumers think of counterfeiting, they usually think of fake handbags, sunglasses or similar high end luxury consumer items. However, individuals are also attempting to copy ...
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