Louboutin Victory in Latest Red Sole Ruling
An eagerly awaited decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“the CJEU”) was handed down on 12 June in a long-running dispute between Mr Christian Louboutin and Christian Louboutin SAS (together, “Louboutin”) and Van Haren Schoenen BV (“Van Haren”), a Dutch shoe retailer. Background In 2010, Louboutin obtained a Benelux registration for...
Adidas Put Their Best Foot Forward
Adidas has prevailed in a long running series of disputes regarding their three stripe position mark. In two General Court decisions Adidas has succeeded against Shoe Branding Europe BVBA in long running oppositions against a position mark application for a two stripe mark applied to shoes. Adidas are the proprietors of a three stripe position mark applied to shoes....
.eu domain names and Brexit
The European Commission recently issued a “Notice to Stakeholders” (here) highlighting that, in the absence of any transitional arrangement, the regulatory framework governing .eu top level domain names will cease to apply to the UK as of 30 March 2019, the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. The stated effect of this is that as things stand:...
Dr Esguevillas, Spanish Lawyer and Trade Mark Assistant, publishes her latest book
Dr Esguevillas, an expert in the fashion sector, has recently published her latest book: Legal protection and effectiveness of unregistered industrial design. It delves into the complexities of design protection, governed by the EU Community Design Regulation (6/2002). It considers the obstacles, the process of registration and the disadvantages of the unregistered community design. To...
Afghanistan joins the Madrid Protocol
Afghanistan joins the Madrid Protocol from 26 June 2018. In March the Afghan Government deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, making it the 101st member of the Madrid System which will cover 117 countries. From 26 June 2018, local brand owners in Afghanistan can protect their trade marks elsewhere using the Madrid System. This...
Attendee: Katherine Brown
Empack 2018, Birmingham
Attendee: Emma Pitcher
The Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2018, Mumbai
The National Lifesciences Expo 2018, Milton Keynes
Attendee: Nina White
The Remarkable 2017 Actavis Decisions and Its Implications 2018, Speaking
Attendee: Joanna Peak
Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for Big Data in health, attending, London, February 2018
Attendee: Daniela Paull
Marques Spring Team Meeting , Spain , March 2018
BIA Committee Summit 2018, London, February 2018
Attendee: Catherine Wolfe
Litigating Trade Secret cases: a practical guide, March 2018
IAM 2nd annual Pharma and Biotech IP Summit, London, February 2018
Attendee: Simon Kahn
MIP International Patent Forum 2018, Speaker
The Shape of Things to Come: Predicting the Trajectory of Design and Trade Mark Protection of Product Shapes, February 2018
Attendee: James Short
Southern Manufacturing 2018, UK, February 2018
In this edition we talk more about the opening of our new office in Madrid, preparing your trade mark filings in light of Brexit, learning from Puma’s leaping cat case about taking decisions on reputation earlier on, and the new opposition procedures in Argentina that came into force last month.
Read about latest developments in the Trade Marks field, as well as what’s going on with the team here at Boult Wade Tennant
In this New Year issue of boult.bites we take a look at the issues of descriptiveness and distinctiveness when it comes to securing trade mark protection, as demonstrated by Pizza Express Limited’s recent failed attempt to register ‘PizzaExpress’ as an EU trademark; a reminder about taking into account PDO’s when selecting a trade mark, as cider brand “Applesecco” recently discovered when their trade mark was opposed by Prosecco, a registered PDO; what constitutes ‘genuine use’ and the importance of proprietors keeping evidence banks in case of revocation action, as demonstrated by two recent rulings handed down by the EU General Court; and Indonesia becoming the latest country to join the Madrid Protocol.
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