Intellectual property news and updates

Nestlé loses in battle to trade mark the shape of its four finger Kit Kat

Nestlé have been denied in their legal battle with Mondelēz concerning whether the four-finger Kit Kat bar shape constitutes a trade mark that has acquired distinctive character in the EU.

CJEU dismisses EUIPO appeal in Puma trade mark dispute

Should the EUIPO be bound by its previous decision-making practice? We take a look at the CJEU’s recent decision in Puma’s cat fight.

Trade Marks – Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Google AdWords and Domain Names

We look into IP policies of sites such as Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Twitter and Google AdWords and consider how you can protect your brands online.

Prosecco industry claws away "PAWSECCO" trade mark

"PAWSECCO" trade mark application is refused by the UKIPO after the mark was opposed by the organisation responsible for protecting Prosecco's PDO.

Smells like... "PLAY-DOH?"

Hasbro successfully register the distinctive scent as a US Trade Mark.

Trade marks - a Messi business

Argentine football star Lionel Messi finally wins right to trade mark his own name after 7 year legal dispute

“La Mafia” restaurant chain denied EU trade mark

The Spanish restaurant chain cannot trade mark their name as the EU General Court deem it inappropriate. We consider this and look at other similar examples.

Brexit Update: The publication of the Draft Withdrawal Agreement

We analyse the European Union's proposals announced within the Draft Withdrawal Agreement.

Success for Sony in defending Vita

The European Union Intellectual Property Office’s decision to revoke Sony’s European Union trade mark “Vita” has been reversed by the General Court.

Riding on the Coke-tails of a trade mark’s success

We examine Coca-Cola's successful opposition against an EU trade mark which allegedly mimics the stylistic ‘tail’ which appears in their famous trade mark.

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