Brexit from another angle: Domain names and donkeys (Novagraaf)

Auteur: Laurence Rivière (Novagraaf) Date de publication: 02/12/2019 Le Brexit fait encore parler de lui, cette fois sous un angle un peu différent qui mérite qu’on s’y attarde pendant quelques lignes. En effet, « Brexit Party » a été déposé par un groupe anti-brexit appelé « Led by Donkeys », causant ainsi colère et embarras

2019-12-14T13:07:53+00:00 17 décembre, 2019|Categories: Droit de la propriété intellectuelle|Tags: , , |

Protecting slogans as trademarks : how and why (Novagraaf)

Author: Trecina Surti (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 03/09/2018 Although not impossible, seeking trademark protection for slogans can prove difficult. While some slogans have achieved success, most are unlikely to meet the requirements for trademark registration. Trademark Attorney Trecina Surti sets out the criteria to consider when looking to protect a slogan in

Who owns ‘France’? (Novagraaf)

Author: Ardine Siepman (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 06/08/2018 The French government is in conflict with another company over trademarks containing the word ‘France’. Novagraaf’s Ardine Siepman examines a recent ruling by the General Court of the EU, which considered whether anyone could even own the word ‘France’. A number of important considerations

CJEU parallel imports ruling: When does relabelling constitute trademark infringement? (Novagraaf)

Auteur: Florence Chapin (Novagraaf) Publicatiedatum: 09/07/2018 This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in May 2018. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com. The Fifth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 13(2)

Asian characters : good fit for trademarks in the EU? (Novagraaf)

Author: Anca Draganescu-Pinawin (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 15/01/2018 How is a trademark, containing or composed solely of Asian characters, assessed in the EU? This question is especially of interest to Asia-based businesses seeking to bring their brands to the EU market, while retaining the corporate identity that they have developed in their

Combination of descriptive terms eligible for trademark protection (Novagraaf)

Author: Frouke Hekker (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 31/10/2017 Trademark applications frequently fail due to lack of distinctiveness. However, it is possible to overcome this barrier to registration for marks combining descriptive and/or non-distinctive elements, if the sign as a whole creates an overall distinctive impression, as Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker explains.

‘BREXIT’ passes EU trademark test (Novagraaf)

Author: Myrthe Pardoen (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 13/10/2017 As we have written previously, the European Commission published a position paper on IP rights after Brexit in September, setting out its ideas on how it wants to see unitary IP rights handled after Great Britain departs from the EU. But, this wasn’t the only

Yondelis v Yloelis: General Court upholds opposition for medicinal product names for use and not for use in oncology (Allen & Overy)

On 16 May 2017, the General Court handed down its decision in Alfa Wasserman SpA (AW) v EUIPO, Pharma Mar intervening (Case T- 85/15).  The decision follows the opposition by Pharma Mar (Pharma), owner of the EU trade mark YONDELIS for pharmaceutical and veterinary products and preparations for use in

Brexit and your EU trade marks – time for an IP audit (Dechert)

The UK government triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017. However, there is still little clarity on the repercussions of Brexit for European Union trade marks (EUTMs), including the issue of non-use. One practical issue that is likely to arise is the unexpected risk of possible revocation claims. EUTMs are

2017-05-16T09:07:12+00:00 16 mai, 2017|Categories: Droit de la propriété intellectuelle|Tags: , |

Limits on the unitary effect of the European trade mark (CMS)

Based on its European "Combit" trade mark, Combit Software launched an action for infringement against a company regarding the use of the "Commit" sign to designate similar goods and services, and petitioned the German court seized to issue a ban on the use of the sign in dispute throughout the

2017-03-28T09:26:53+00:00 28 mars, 2017|Categories: Droit de la propriété intellectuelle|Tags: , , |