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Invalidity for bad faith: Imitation of a historical trademark only permissible under strict conditions

According to EUIPO, a historical trademark can still enjoy residual protection even if no (new) goods and services have been offered under it for a long time. If such a historical trademark ...

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CJEU: Interruption of the forfeiture period only in the case of serious legal action

Trademark proceedings concerning the rights to the trade name and trademark "HEITEC" were brought before the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH), which in turn referred four...

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German FCJ on the exploitation of the reputation of geographical indications as collective trademarks

The possibility to protect geographical indications as collective or individual trademarks exists, in principle, independently of the system for the protection of geographical indications...

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Color codes need to be learned - SIENNA not descriptive for tobacco products according to GC
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According to the GC, color designations are not descriptive if the designation - in this case SIENNA - is not commonly used in the relevant industry and the public is therefore not aware of ...

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LaLiga misses goal with "El Clasico" before the GC due to descriptiveness
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The GC confirms the rejection of the word/figurative mark "El Clasico" of the Spanish professional soccer league "LaLiga". The sign is in the opinion of the court merely ...

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Pirelli trademark stays on track after CJEU ruling in its favor
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A legal dispute lasting almost 10 years concerning the invalidity of a figurative sign in the name of Pirelli Tyre SpA, which depicts the groove of a tire, has now come to an end as a...

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GC on registrability of the sign element "weed": trademark application violates public order
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The European Union General Court (GC) upheld the findings of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) that the EU trademark "Bavaria Weed" was contrary to public...

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CJEU Preliminary ruling on geographical indications: pickling away at amendments of specification.
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A preliminary ruling by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) is finally drawing to a close a dispute, spanning almost ten years, over the amendment of the specification of the protected...

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Rooster trademark infringes collective trademark rights of Italian Chianti Classico
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EU General Court (GC) rules on the protection based on reputation of the Italian collective figurative mark Chianti Classico showing a black rooster in relation to an individual EU...

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