Owners of pattern and three-dimensional marks should take note of the substantial burden of proving acquired distinctiveness of their marks through use throughout the European Union.
On April 21, 2015, Louis Vuitton’s...more
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
On June 16, 2015, Lego Juris A/S obtained two favorable decisions from the General Court of the European Union which will afford protection to famous Lego “minifigure” as a three-dimensional (3D) trademark; a protection that...more
Recently, the General Court of the European Union dismissed Skype action against the decision of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) confirming that there is a likelihood of confusion between the...more
Since 1994, the European Union’s trademark office – the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) – has provided trademark owners a centralized and cost-effective registration system for securing trademark...more
Whether it’s black or white may not have mattered to Michael Jackson (at least that's how the song goes), but it does seem to matter now to the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and other trademark...more
Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more
As OHIM announces three primary changes to the treatment of trademarks in color, trademark owners should review their marks to ensure adequate protection.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM),...more
In This Issue:
Here is yet another bulletin on trade mark and unfair competition law.
This edition includes coverage of plans of the European Commission to change the trade mark protection system. The draft...more
The European Commission recently issued draft legislation proposing to make the first significant changes to the European Union (“EU”) system of trademark protection since the establishment of the Community Trademark (“CTM”)...more
The European Commission has proposed a number of initiatives aimed at improving trade mark registration systems all over the European Union to make them cheaper, quicker, more reliable and more predictable. For example, as...more
On October 11, 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences won cancellation of an “Oscar Della Lirica” design mark from the Cancellation Division of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (“OHIM”). ...more
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