The European Court of Justice’s June 2012 decision in IP TRANSLATOR changed the way trade mark specifications are interpreted. OHIM’s application of this decision led to inconsistent interpretations of trade mark...more
European trade mark reform is an issue that has been the subject of discussions for a number of years. On 21 April 2015, the European Commission announced that the three key institutions of the EU (the Commission, the...more
The English Court of Appeal recently overturned a High Court decision and found that Mattel’s SCRAMBLE Community trade mark is valid and had been infringed by Zynga’s use of SCRAMBLE and SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS as signs for...more
On 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in the ongoing seven-year legal battle between Karen Millen Fashions and Dunnes Stores in Ireland.
Moroccanoil Israel Limited (MIL) has lost its claim for passing off against supermarket chain Aldi Stores Limited (Aldi) in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Both MIL and Aldi are retailers of argan hair oil under...more
Nominet, the company that manages the UK domain space, will shortly be introducing .uk domain names. This means that from 10 June 2014 shorter domain names such as will be available for the first time, alongside...more
Proposals have recently been put forward by the European Commission to reform European law on trade secrets by harmonising protection across all EU member states. The proposals are in the form of a draft directive which has...more
The UK High Court handed down its judgment in the long running Google AdWords case, Interflora v Marks and Spencer on 21 May 2013. Mr Justice Arnold has found that Marks and Spencer's bidding on various INTERFLORA trade marks...more