On 15 August 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published its Information Notice No. 12/2018. In this Notice, WIPO released a new version of the 11th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) that will enter into force on 1 January 2019.

 

Source: Pixabay Weiterlesen über WIPO publishes new version of Nice Classification for the year 2019

On 26 June 2018, the General Court (GC) upheld the decision of the Board of Appeal (BoA) and confirmed that the word and device trademark “France.com” cannot be registered in the EU due to a likelihood of confusion with the earlier trademark “France”.

 

                                                                            

                                                  Applicant´s EU Trademark No. 013158597 (word/device mark)          

 

                                                                                    

                      Opponent´s International Registration No. 1032440 designated for the EU (word/device mark)

The Cornell University, INSEAD and the WIPO just published its 11th edition of Global Innovation Index (GII) for the year 2018 with the theme “Energizing the World with Innovation”. The Global Innovation Index is an annually published report since 2007, which gives an impartial view to the measuring of innovation worldwide. The 2018 edition provides detailed information about the state of innovation performance of 126 countries and economics around the world, which represent about 90,8% of the world´s population and 96,3% of global GDP.

On 4 May 2018, the General Court (GC) dismissed the action filed by the trademark applicant Skyleader. The GC stated that in revocation proceedings, the EUIPO cannot accept evidence of proof of use which is submitted after the time limit. Further, the EUIPO is not allowed to exercise discretion on whether or not to take such evidence into account. It has no other option than to revoke such trademark if use documents are not filed on time.  

EU Trademark No. 006347827 (word/device mark)

 

On 20 June 2018, the General Court of the European Union (GC) ruled that the distinctiveness of the trade mark ‚POLO’ by Ralph Lauren’s eponymous fashion brand is indeed so famous that it requires broader legal protection against similar trademarks. What is significant in this decision is the fact that, even though a mark may not be exceptionally distinctive, its recognition by the public combined with its acquired reputation and its influence on the market is enough to grant ‘POLO’ enhanced protection against the registration of similar marks.

                                              POLO                                                 vs.                                     HPC POLO

                            (EU Trademark No. 4049334)                                                    (EU Trademark No.  013531462)

                                         (Word mark)                                                                                   (Word mark)

On the occasion of the World AntiCounterfeiting Day, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published a Synthesis Report on IP Infringement this month. This Report contains valuable information on criminal activities against the IP community relating to the last five years and aims to inform the public about the important economic consequences of product infringement in the EU area.

                                                                           

                                                                                            Source: EUIPO

On 15 March 2018, the General Court of the European Union (GC) annulled the prior decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO (Case R 165/2016-4), deeming that there indeed was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative marks “Winged bull“ and “Griffin“. The parties involved were the internationally known hospitality company Marriott Worldwide Corp. , which held the rights for the figurative mark representing a griffin and Johann Graf, a famous Austrian billionaire and owner of the international gambling company Novomatic, who had obtained a EUTM registration for the use of the figurative mark of a winged bull. The interesting part in this case is the difficulty in objectively assessing whether the trademarks were visually and conceptually similar, since the organs of the EUIPO deemed the signs very different from each other while paying attention to details, whereas the GC sifted the focus on the overall meaning of the signs in the sense that they were both representing imaginary beings.

 

                                               vs               

                                            Marriott                                                                                            Johann Graf

                           EU Trademark No. 8458259                                                       EU Trademark No. 010511723                                     

                                     (Figurative mark)                                                                             (Figurative mark)                    

SECURING CLIENT-LAWYER COMMUNICATION IN THE NEW DATA PROTECTION ERA

Blog post by Ioanna Zacharopoulou, Trainee at LexDellmeier IP Law Firm

In light of the new General Data Protection Regulation (95/46/EU), which will be enforceable from 25 May 2018, the Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe (CCBE) and the Munich Bar Association both published rough guidelines regarding the steps every law office should take in order to comply with the new rules set by the EU. Aim of the Regulation is to further unify and simplify the legal status quo in the EU, this time by setting the lawyer-client relationship in the center of attention.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                Source: Pixabay

Protecting and ensuring the confidentiality between the lawyer and the client is the key in finding eligible solutions - both on technical and legal level – on the matter of data protection. What is critical is finding a balance between professional secrecy and governmental surveillance especially when the latter of which could lead to unwanted third-party interference. The bearers of such responsibility are first and foremost the law firms, who have to take measures to safeguard their professionalism, whilst providing a safer communication environment.

On 4 May, all fans of the commercially most successful movie series are celebrating the international Star Wars Day. In the fan community, this tradition has been established over 10 years ago. The 4th of May was not chosen randomly, but, because of the very similar pronunciation to the Star Wars most popular Jedi saying: “May the force be with you”.

Source: EU 3D shape trademark No. 005896601

On 28 March 2018, the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology for the European Commission (DG CONNECT) published a Notice to Stakeholders stating that after the UK leaves the European Union on 30 March 2019, all domain name owners based in the UK will no longer be entitled to “.eu” top-level domains.   

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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Organization (EUIPO) have recently published their statistics regarding information on applications and cases filed during the year 2017. What is impressive is the amount of registrations at both Organizations, which in 2017 reached an unprecedented number.

                                                                                                               

                                                                                            Source: Shutterstock