What does the EUIPO want? Clarity and precision for colour combination marks

14 May 2024
The recent decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in case R 2087/2023-2 illustrates the importance of…
Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
What does the EUIPO want? Clarity and precision for colour combination marks

Establishing genuine use of business and retail services: Habitat’s class 35 services revoked on appeal

01 May 2024
Habitat is a furniture and home furnishings company. It sells goods online and in stores across the EU. Habitat had…
Sophie Rann
Sophie Rann
Trade Mark Assistant
Establishing genuine use of business and retail services: Habitat’s class 35 services revoked on appeal

Every Lidl helps? The saga continues at the Court of Appeal

01 May 2024
Whilst succeeding in its appeal against copyright infringement, Tesco has failed to overturn first instance findings of trade mark infringement…
Laurie Ford
Laurie Ford
Legal Manager
Every Lidl helps? The saga continues at the Court of Appeal

COMPTON… straight outta where? Fashion styles and the importance of gangsta rap for hip hop culture

01 May 2024
In 1988 the hip hop group N.W.A. released the album Straight outta Compton. In 2015 a documentary of the same…
Jacqueline Feigl
Jacqueline Feigl
Rechtsanwältin
COMPTON… straight outta where? Fashion styles and the importance of gangsta rap for hip hop culture

Dry January: is the sobriety slogan too generic for trade mark protection?

01 May 2024
In a recent decision from the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), Big Drop Brewing Company Limited opposed the trade mark…
Sophia Karim
Sophia Karim
Legal Assistant
Dry January: is the sobriety slogan too generic for trade mark protection?

MYBACON: a deceptive trade mark for meat substitutes

20 March 2024
The applicant, Myforest Foods, applied to register MYBACON as a European Union trade mark (EUTM) for goods including meat substitutes…
Sophie Rann
Sophie Rann
Trade Mark Assistant
MYBACON: a deceptive trade mark for meat substitutes

SKINIDENT is not (SKIN-)IDENTICAL …or the limits of “Thomson Life”

20 March 2024
The General Court has once more found that a modified version of an earlier mark could have an independent distinctive…
Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
SKINIDENT is not (SKIN-)IDENTICAL …or the limits of “Thomson Life”

It is all in the angles: Umbro wins its double diamond logo trade mark infringement appeal

20 March 2024
The Court of Appeal found that the Dream Pairs’ sign was similar to Umbro’s double diamond logo, overturning the High…
Kamila Geremek
Kamila Geremek
Solicitor
It is all in the angles: Umbro wins its double diamond logo trade mark infringement appeal

Compass Comms v Sanctuary Personnel: relaxation of cause of action estoppel in UKIPO proceedings?

20 March 2024
The applicant, Sanctuary Personnel Limited, had previously brought a cancellation action against the mark SOCIAL WORK NEWS under sections 3(6)…
Kate Cheney
Kate Cheney
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
Compass Comms v Sanctuary Personnel: relaxation of cause of action estoppel in UKIPO proceedings?

Swatch v Samsung: intermediary liability for trade mark infringement

20 March 2024
We reported on the first instance decision in our article Swatch v Samsung: time for more content review? This case…
Peter Byrd
Peter Byrd
Senior Associate, Solicitor
Swatch v Samsung: intermediary liability for trade mark infringement

March 2024 changes at the Company Names Tribunal

18 March 2024
On 04 March 2024, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 came into force. The aim of this act…
Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Partner, Solicitor
Laurie Ford
Laurie Ford
Legal Manager
March 2024 changes at the Company Names Tribunal

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