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MIP: Top 250 Women in IP 2019/20

We are delighted to announce that Arlene Chow, Zhen (Katie) Feng, Imogen Fowler, Natalia Gulyaeva and Julia Anne Matheson have been included in Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP list for 2019/20. This special recognition recognizes female practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year. This follows the

Imogen Fowler a sponsor at the Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea – INTA 2019

Renowned IP lawyers at the Annual INTA Meeting gathered in the Westin Hotel mid-morning on Tuesday 21 May for the Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea. IMPT partner Imogen Fowler was the sponsor of this event. The Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea is a networking event that brings together women from all over the world – from India

WIPR reviews three Hogan Lovells Influential Women in IP

We are delighted to announce our three Influential Women in IP  in World IP Review’s new project focusing on gender diversity in the IP legal sector. See the newly-launched WIPR Influential Women in IP eMag and diversity platform for more details: Imogen Fowler Natalia Gulyaeva Emma Fulton This is a great reflection of the diversity and inclusion values at the core of who we are and how

adidas victorious again in defending its rights to the Three Stripes

The General Court has once again upheld adidas’ oppositions against two copycat applications for two stripes positioned on a shoe. The two decisions issued on 1 March 2018 (in Cases T-629/16 and T-85/16) come as part of the long-standing trade mark dispute between adidas and Shoe Branding*. The cases involved Shoe Branding’s two applications for

Starbucks rocks for first time in Luxembourg

Judgment of the General Court, 16 January 2018 in case T-398/16, Starbucks Corp. vs EUIPO* In 2014, Starbucks opposed the below EUTM application seeking protection for “services for providing drinks“, services for which Starbucks is famous throughout the EU.   Starbucks relied both on the existence of a likelihood of confusion (Article 8(1)(b) EUTMR) and the fact that

Europe – General Court: EUTM revocation action takes the biscuit

(Judgments of 23 October 2017 in Cases T-404/16 and T-418/16 – Galletas Gullón SA (Gullón) v EUIPO) The General Court has recently overturned two EUIPO Board of Appeal decisions which deemed Gullón’s marks as used to be different to their registered 3D trade marks shown below due to differences in the dominant elements. It held

New on LimeGreen IP know-how: EUTM opposition, invalidity & revocation guides following legislative reform

We´ve added guides to European Union Trade Mark procedures to our existing jurisdictional guides on trademark Opposition, Invalidity and Revocation. Who can file such proceedings, where and when? Can proceedings be avoided through amicable settlement? We cover these issues and more taking into account changes which came into effect on 1 October 2017 as a result of the second wave of the Legislative

US: Our trademark lawyers speaking at 2017 McCarthy Symposium

We are delighted to be sponsoring and speaking at the seventh annual McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium, taking place on February 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The one-day event, titled “Trademark Law and Its Challenges,” brings together corporate brand representatives, trademark attorneys and public policymakers to address new issues in trademark law. Two of our trademark

EUIPO: Fast-forward button and single member decisions for appeals

EUIPO’s Boards of Appeal have recently introduced expedited appeal proceedings to deal with urgent cases. Requests for this option can be submitted by appellants together with the statement of grounds or, for defendants, with their reply. It appears unlikely that the Boards will set expedited proceedings of their own motion. As to formalities, there’s no

Trade mark protection planning in the Brexit world

As we advised in LimeGreen IP News on Friday 24 June, the result of the UK referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU may cause some uncertainty for some time from a brand protection perspective. It is important to remember that the UK is still a member of the EU. 

EU: Chocolate Packaging – European General Court confirms that basic two-coloured packaging for chocolate is not inherently distinctive

Judgment of 10 May 2016 in Case T‑806/14 August Storck KG v EUIPO In 2013, August Storck KG filed an International Registration designating the European Union to protect the following packaging design as a trade mark: The application covered “confectionery, chocolate, chocolate products, pastries, ice-cream, preparations for making the aforementioned products” in class 30. The

Europe’s highest court shows its true stripes in support of adidas

In an Order on 17 February 2016 (Shoe Branding Europe v adidas in Case C-396/15 P*) the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”), Europe’s highest Court, confirmed a decision of the General Court upholding adidas’ opposition against Shoe Branding’s Community trademark (“CTM”) application for two stripes positioned on a shoe. The Order confirmed

EU trade mark reform – To renew or not to renew…

In our previous post we mentioned that the renewal fee situation for EUTMs was no longer clear, and that we considered the approach put forward by OHIM in its draft guidelines to be incorrect. We are pleased to report that the situation has now been clarified.  OHIM has today published a President’s Communication confirming that:

EU trade mark reform update

In our previous post we mentioned that brand owners should consider deferring renewals of EUTMs until after the introduction of the new EUTM Regulation where possible to save money. Unfortunately, the renewal fee situation is no longer clear.  The new Regulation will enter into force on 23 March 2016. However, OHIM has issued draft guidelines

Europe: Green light for European TM reform

Today, the European Commission published the new Trade Marks Directive (governing national trade marks across the EU) and the new Community Trade Mark Regulation (governing EU wide trade marks) in the EU Official Journal (L 341). These texts aim to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of business in the 21st Century. 

EU trademark reform: on your (trade)marks…get set…go!

Yesterday the European Parliament approved the biggest change in European trademark law in the last 20 years.  Comprising a new Trade Marks Directive (governing national trade marks across the EU) and a new Community Trade Mark Regulation (governing EU wide trade marks), it aims to make EU trade mark law fit for the challenges of

EU trade mark reform – almost finalised …

… but CTM owners should consider acting now on specifications. The final compromise texts of the amended EU trade mark Directive and Regulation, the basic legislation governing trade marks in the EU, have now been published by the Council of the European Union on its website. They are not yet law, although they are unlikely

EU: Use requirements for re-filed marks – not so simple after all

In view of a recent OHIM Board of Appeal decision, opponents relying on “re-filed marks” which are not subject to the use requirement should be aware that they may nevertheless be required to prove use. A re-filed mark is a mark filed by a proprietor who owns a prior mark for the same sign for