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15 June

2018

Bulletins

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...

4 June

2018

Bulletins

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....

1 June

2018

Bulletins

.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:...

1 June

2018

News

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...

31 May

2018

Bulletins

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...

Events

March 2018

Attendee: Katherine Brown

Empack 2018, Birmingham

March 2018

Attendees: Howard Sands, Jo Pelly, Sarah Gibson

Google Patent OC Summit 2018, USA

February 2018

Attendee: Emma Pitcher

The Pharma Project & Portfolio Management Summit 2018, Mumbai

February 2018

Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell

The National Lifesciences Expo 2018, Milton Keynes

February 2018

Attendee: Nina White

The Remarkable 2017 Actavis Decisions and Its Implications 2018, Speaking

International Patent Forum 2018, London

February 2018

Attendee: Joanna Peak

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for Big Data in health, attending, London, February 2018

February 2018

Attendee: Daniela Paull

Marques Spring Team Meeting , Spain , March 2018

February 2018

Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell

BIA Committee Summit 2018, London, February 2018

February 2018

Attendee: Catherine Wolfe

Litigating Trade Secret cases: a practical guide, March 2018

February 2018

Attendee: Jennifer O’Farrell

IAM 2nd annual Pharma and Biotech IP Summit, London, February 2018

February 2018

Attendee: Simon Kahn

MIP International Patent Forum 2018, Speaker

January 2018

Attendee:

The Shape of Things to Come: Predicting the Trajectory of Design and Trade Mark Protection of Product Shapes, February 2018

January 2018

Attendee: James Short

Southern Manufacturing 2018, UK, February 2018

boult.bites

boult.bites TM – Autumn 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.

boult.bites TM – Summer 2018

Read about latest developments in the Trade Marks field, as well as what’s going on with the team here at Boult Wade Tennant

boult.bites TM – New Year 2018

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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