OAPI joins the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications
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4d ago
WIPO reports on the accession of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) to The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications. This will allow international registration of geographical indication in 17 African countries including Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, etc. The Geneva Act will ..read more
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Adidas lost a lawsuit against Thom Browne in the US
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by IPPLANET
5d ago
The German sportswear producer Adidas lost a trademark lawsuit against the famous designer Thom Browne in the US. The dispute concerns an accusation by Adidas that Thom Browne uses a four strips design pattern that is confusingly similar to the famous three stripes pattern used by the German company that was initially introduced in 1952 ..read more
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Christian Louboutin lost an unfair competition dispute in Japan
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by IPPLANET
1w ago
This blog has published news here and here about  Christian Louboutin‘s struggles to protect its red-sole ladies’ shoes around the world. After failing to register a trademark for its red sole in Japan the company tried to protect it against the Japanese competitor Eizo Collection Co., Ltd. based on the Unfair Competition Prevention Law. Eizo ..read more
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Rolex lost a trademark dispute in the EU
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by IPPLANET
1w ago
Are clothes similar enough to watches – that’s the question The General Court of the European Union has ruled in recently  T‑726/21 Rolex SA v PWT A/S. PWT filed a European trademark application for the following figurative mark for many classes including class 25 – clothing, footwear headgear: Against this application an opposition was filed by ..read more
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Is SHAVETTE a trademark or a generic name for razors in the EU?
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by IPPLANET
2w ago
The Board of Appeal of the EUIPO has ruled in the case related to the invalidation of the EU trademark SHAVETTE. The mark was filed in 2014 by the German company DOVO Stahlwaren Bracht GmbH & Co.KG for the following classes: The production of SHAVETTE razors started in the 1980s by DOVO and since then ..read more
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Hyatt lost a trademark dispute in Japan
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by IPPLANET
3w ago
The Japan Patent Office has issued an interesting decision relating to trademark similarity which might be viewed as debatable in some countries. The case at hand concerns the registered trademark GRAN CLUB by a Japanese company for classes 43 and 44 – restaurants, hotels and temporary accommodations, retirement homes, beauty salons, and so on. Against ..read more
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Can you rebrand medicines in the EU – a European Court decision
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by IPPLANET
3w ago
The European Court has ruled in joined cases C‑253/20 and C‑254/20 Impexeco NV v Novartis AG which target the issue of pharmaceutical products rebranding and parallel importation. The cases have the following background: Case C‑253/20 Novartis developed a medicinal product with the active substance letrozole, marketed in Belgium and the Netherlands under the EU trademark ..read more
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Amazon may be liable for trademark infringement after a European Court decision
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by IPPLANET
1M ago
The European Court has ruled in joined cases C‑148/21 et C‑184/21, Christian Louboutin v Amazon.  The main issue that focuses our attention, in this case, is whether Amazon can be liable for unauthorized use of trademarks shown in ads of third parties. As it is well-known, Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world offering a ..read more
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The new edition of the WIPO Magazine is available
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by IPPLANET
1M ago
WIPO has issued a new edition of its WIPO Magazine where you can find the following main topics: 1. Tencent, video games, the metaverse and diversity: an insider’s view 2. Fashion forward: pioneering African designer eyes luxury brands market 3. Brazilian agri-tech startup digitizes farm management with dividends for cattle farmers and sustainability 4. Why vaccine independence is so ..read more
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Using a trademark as a decorative element is not the best option for its protection in the EU
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by IPPLANET
1M ago
The General Court of the European Union has ruled in the case T‑323/21 Castel Frères v Shanghai Panati Co., which reminds us how essential is one registered mark to be used correctly in order for its protection to be viable. The case has the following background: On 29 May 2018, Shanghai Panati Co filed an application with ..read more
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