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UNITARY PATENT

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 Spring 2012

IN THIS ISSUE
introduction

Introduction

If you are thinking of opposing a CTM, that 5-year grace period for avoiding proof of use may not be as long as you think. Or is it? OHIM’s Boards of Appeal have found bo...

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European perspectives

Tightening the Net on Counterfeit Imports

In the fight against counterfeits, brand owners must play by the rules – but their opponents often do not. It can be hard to ensnare even proven fakes when Customs declar...

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Breaking the Link in Infringers’ Supply Chains Aft...

When it comes to tackling infringers, it helps to think outside the box. Where the source of infringing goods is hard to reach, taking the fight to a less obvious but mor...

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EU Prepares for Class Heading Ruling

Europe drew one step closer to certainty on class headings in December, when the Advocate General issued an opinion in the IP TRANSLATOR case (C-307/10; background summar...

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Can a Shape Be Too Distinctive for Brand Protectio...

The suggestion may seem extraordinary, but such thoughts must be running through the minds of the design team at Bang & Olufsen, the Danish manufacturer of stylish au...

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Alicante Abstracts

Transfer of Earlier Rights Trips Up Nike

Nike’s slogan, "Just do it," has a wider resonance now to those with brand interests in Europe. The ECJ recently ruled to uphold OHIM’s decision to bar the company from a...

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Lingering Uncertainty on Admitting Late Evidence

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Or alternatively, as Cromwell is alleged to have said, trust in God but keep your powder dry. As elements of case p...

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When Recording Assignments, Late Can Sometimes Mea...

The money has changed hands, the ink has dried – but the proud new owner of a registered CTM has not yet told OHIM about the transfer. Where assignees do not record a tra...

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Double Trouble for 2-D Shape Mark

Three-dimensional shape marks are notoriously hard to protect as CTMs. Cleverly filing in 2-D instead, though, may not sidestep the problems, as Louis Vuitton learned rec...

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news

Snippets Spring 2012

Specsavers is a well-known chain of opticians that operates in the UK. It employs a logo in which the word Specsavers appears in white lettering within two “kissing”, dar...

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in the uk office

Beating Trademark Squatters At Their Own Game

Early is often best when it comes to protecting new brands. But this advice, intended to protect against new conflicting brands, takes on a new resonance when trademark-s...

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Think About Fall-Backs Early, Says UK-IPO

Limiting goods and services is a common tactic for overcoming challenges to an application or registered mark. However, fall-back positions should not necessarily be left...

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uk court diary

Brand Owners, Take Notice:New Guidance on Suing Re...

Parallel importers have long plagued brand owners across the EU, and the practice will continue as long as importers can profit from price differentials across the common...

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Website Hits Not Enough to Prove Goodwill in UK

An Internet dating agency with plenty of hits but no evidence of UK customers recently lost its bid to invalidate a UK trademark registration based on rights in passing o...

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out and about

Spring 2012 Out And About

INTA ANNUAL MEETING, WASHINGTON DC , USA JENKINS HOSPITALITY SUITE, 6 - 7 MAY, 2012 Hazel Buckley, Katie Cameron, Angela Fox, Stephen James and Tim Pendered will be host...

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