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WIPO announced the ratification of the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks by Finland. The Treaty will come into force for the country on 07.08.2019. For more information here. Advertisements
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The well-known Brazilian footballer Neymar has won a trademark dispute before the General Court of the European Union. The case concerns a registered in 2012 European trademark NEYMAR in class 25  – Clothing, footwear, headgear, owned by Carlos Moreira. The footballer filed a request for invalidation of this mark based on a claim that it …
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The European Court has ruled in case T‑423/18 Fissler GmbH v EUIPO which concerns whether or not words describing colors can be registered as trademarks. The background of the case is as follow: On 27 September 2016, the applicant, Fissler GmbH, filed an application for registration of an EU a word trade mark for VITA. The goods in …
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1. Bosnia and Herzegovina to use the list of terms from the harmonized database in TMclass. For more information here. 2. Geographical Indications after Brexit: the impact on food names. For more information here. 3. Licensing and selling intellectual property. For more information here. Advertisements
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The European Commission published answers to a variety of questions regarding the Copyright reform that has been approved recently. The questions are as follow: 1. The European Parliament voted on the new copyright rules at EU level – what are they about? 2. Why do we need to modernise the EU copyright rules? 3. Are …
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Kellogg Company lost an opposition in The UK. The case concerns the trademark application for FRUIT LOOP filed by the local brewery Fuller for class 32 – Beer, ale, lager, stout and porter; non-alcoholic beers. Against this mark, Kellogg invoked its rights over the early registered trademark with reputation FREET LOOPS for class 30 – Coffee, …
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The European Court has ruled in case C‑614/17 Fundación Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Protegida Queso Manchego v Industrial Quesera Cuquerella SL. This interesting case regards the issue of whether a geographical indication can be infringed by a graphical representation that can be related to it. In detail: The Queso Manchego Foundation is responsible …
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The Advocate General of the European Court M. SZPUNAR  gave an opinion in the case  C‑390/18 AIRBNB Ireland v Hotelière Turenne SAS, Association pour un hébergement et un tourisme professionnel (AHTOP)Valhotel. The case concerns the following: AIRBNB Ireland UC, a company governed by Irish law established in Dublin (Ireland), is part of the AIRBNB group and is wholly owned …
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A recent trademark battle between Apple and Swatch has ended with success for the Swiss company. The dispute at hand concerned a trademark application for ‘one more thing’ filed by Swatch. Apple filed an opposition arguing that this phrase was well-known by consumers in relation to its products because it had been used in their launching. …
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Iceland Foods will appeal the EUIPO’s decision for cancelation of its trademark ICELAND registered in 2014 for classes 7, 11, 16, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35. This trademark is used for supermarkets in The UK. The procedure was initiated by Promote Island, a government organization from Iceland based on Article 52(1) EUTMR in conjunction with …
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