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In 2012 Member States and the European Parliament agreed on the "patent package" - a legislative initiative consisting of two...

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Make Your Mark Autumn 2010

IN THIS ISSUE
Introduction

Introduction

Good news for OHIM and brand owners alike: boom times are returning to Alicante, with CTM applications in the first half of 2010 up 15% from the same period in 2009. Mor...

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European Perspectives

Coty Shows How to Keep Samples Off EU Retail Shelv...

For many brand owners, giving out product samples and testers is a routine way to promote goods. Perfume houses, pharmaceutical companies, and even food and drink manufac...

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ECJ Reins in Surname Marks in BECKER Name Dispute

The power of surnames as trademarks outgrew all known bounds in recent years, following the General Court's ruling that surnames were more distinctive than forenames in H...

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More Guidance on Keywords from ECJ

The ECJ's decision in Google (C-236 - 238/08) last March raised more questions than it answered about the intersection between trademark rights and keyword advertising. M...

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Alicante Abstracts

Weighing Up Non-Registered Rights in GRAIN MILLERS...

Opposing a CTM based on non-registered marks or other signs used in trade is typically, for brand owners, a last resort. Pleading earlier registered rights involves far l...

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General Court Highlights Similarities Between Desi...

A recent General Court decision on a Registered Community Design (RCD) appeal, Beifa Group Co. Ltd v OHIM, has provided welcome guidance on the interplay between Communit...

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Reliance on Multiple Rights Saves Day in FITCOIN

OHIM's practice of deciding oppositions based on only one of multiple rights pleaded suffered a blow recently, following strident criticism from the General Court (Coin S...

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Study on CTM System Rolls Toward a Conclusion

Major changes could be in store after the Max Planck Institute concludes its year-long study of the functioning of the CTM system in November. The study, organised by the...

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News

Snippets

Lynne Truss's book Eats, Shoots & Leaves is a paean to the importance of punctuation. Those who doubt this should consider the difference in meaning between Shakespeare's...

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From The UK Office

NO HALF MEASURES for Coca-Cola Slogan Mark

Coca-Cola raised a glass to success recently following the acceptance of its slogan mark NO HALF MEASURES for educational, entertainment, sporting and cultural services i...

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ECJ to Rule on OHIM Class Heading Practice

The ECJ will rule at last on the legality of OHIM's class heading practice, following a recent reference from the Appointed Person in a case involving the mark IP TRANSLA...

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UK Court Diary

Reluctant Justice as Court of Appeal Disapproves L...

The wake from the ECJ's landmark ruling on unfair advantage in L'Oreal has at last reached English shores. The Court of Appeal recently applied the ECJ's guidance in deci...

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Hooray HENRY!

A recent High Court case, Numatic International Limited v Qualtex UK Limited [2010] EWHC 1237 (Ch), concerning the well-known Henry vacuum cleaner has given hope to owner...

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Could Have Gone to Asda!

In Specsavers International Healthcare Limited v Asda Stores Limited [2010] EWCH 2035 (Ch), Asda sailed a little close to the wind by mimicking Specsavers' well-known log...

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Domain Names

mylondon2012.com? Think Again, Says UDRP Panel

As the London Olympics juggernaut grinds inexorably near approaches, legal disputes about lucrative Games-related advertising language are on the rise. Recently, these cr...

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About The Firm

Jenkins News

We are pleased to announce that Jenny Pratt has recently taken over the role of Business Development Manager. Jenny has worked for Jenkins as a Trade Mark Assistant since...

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