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New EU Trademark Directive Published
Jan 5, 2016
Background 2016 will see the some of biggest recent changes in the law of trade marks in the EU since the introduction of the Community trade mark ("CTM") in 1996. Regulation (EU...
Barcelona FC Trademark Given Red Card by EU Court
Dec 16, 2015
In Case T-615/14, the European Union Court has rejected an attempt by Spanish football giant Barcelona FC to register the outline of its club crest as a European trade mark. This b...
K-Swiss Five Stripes Trade Mark Application Invalid
Dec 14, 2015
K-Swiss' application for a Community Trade Mark for its five stripes figurative mark has been rejected. K-Swiss' five stripes was submitted as it appears on their shoes. All trade...
Vichy Pattern Cannot Be Registered As A CTM
Dec 7, 2015
A Community Trade Mark application for a figurative mark described as "pattern 'Vichy' red and white", registered for "milk and milk products" in class 29, has been declared invali...
Scots' "Port Charlotte" Trademark for Whisky Declared Invalid due to Portuguese Port Wine Geographical Indication
Nov 27, 2015
Geographical Indications (GIs) can mean wide-ranging restrictions on applications for trade marks of any likeness to them. GIs are defined in TRIPS (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspe...
Oslo City Council Left 'Screaming' Over Refusal to Register Munch Trademarks
Nov 24, 2015
In Oslo, Norway, there is a portfolio of pending trade mark applications for art which includes the works of the artist Edvard Munch who died in 1944 and the sculptor Gustav Vigela...
Tasty Mock Trial Event Finds that Risotto can be Protected by Intellectual Property Rights
Nov 23, 2015
In a recent mock trial event hosted in a museum in Milan, Judges held that a superstar chef's "Riso, oro e Zafferano" (rice, gold and saffron) was protected by various forms of int...
Volkswagen Denied its 'CHOICE' Trade Mark
Nov 16, 2015
In the midst of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, otherwise known as "diesel dupe", the German car manufacturer has had a run of negative results in its attempted trade marks regis...
National Trade Marks or Community Trade Marks - Which is Safest/Easier to Enforce?
Nov 9, 2015
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain ("UOGB") was recently unsuccessful in an attempt to sue a competitor, the United Kingdom Ukelele Orchestra ("UKUO"), for Community Trade Mark...
Protecting your Brand: Mo Monsters, Mo Problems
Nov 4, 2015
The General Court has rejected an opposition by energy drink brand, Monster, to an application to register "MO MO MONSTERS" as a Community Trade Mark ("CTM"). Monster is a well-es...
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - PGI and Trademark Oppositions
Oct 29, 2015
The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation ("Federation") is a non-profit organisation representing over 500,000 coffee growing families. The Federation filed an application for a Pro...
Bastian Schweinsteiger Considers Suing Chinese Manufacturer Over Nazi Doll
Oct 28, 2015
Manchester United's midfielder is considering suing a Chinese toy company after they have marketed a doll dressed as a World War 2 Nazi solider that he claims is based on and is na...
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