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Europe: Everything you always wanted to know about certification marks

  Certification marks are part of national trade mark law in a number of Member States and since the reform of European trade mark law, the EUTMR now covers them under articles 83 to 93. According to article 83 paragraph 1 EUTMR a certification mark is “capable of distinguishing goods or services which are certified

Europe: CJEU / GC roundup – H1 2018

Over the first half year, we have covered a number of high profile cases heard before the General Court (GC) and the European Court of Justice (CJEU). Here’s a quick roundup of the cases with a takeaway summary for each:   Preliminary ruling on designs which are solely dictated by technical functions “The court considered the

Don’t judge substantiation by its cover: CJEU clarifies benchmark for EUTM oppositions

Background By judgment of 19 April 2018 (C‑478/16 P in French here and here), the CJEU rejected an appeal filed by the company Group OOD who had opposed an EUTM application for a figurative mark based on unregistered trade mark rights for bus transport services in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. The case