“Der Grüne Punkt” is a concept that presumably everyone in Germany is familiar with; recently, the financing symbol for participation in the dual collection and recovery systems was the subject matter of proceedings before the General Court (GC). The General Court’s main task was to examine the question of whether proven use of the trademark
Today, the amended Benelux-Convention on Intellectual Property (“BCIP”) will enter into force, bringing Benelux trademark law in line with the European Trade Marks Directive. We have summarized the most important changes below. New possibilities for non-conventional marks One of the most important changes to the BCIP is the deletion of the requirement of graphical representation,
The amendment of the German Trade Mark Act by way of the Trade Mark Modernization Act (MaMoG) entered into force on 14 January 2019, implementing a range of obligatory and optional provisions of the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015/2436 into German law. In addition to some changes of rather editorial nature, the MaMog also introduces a number
On January 14, 2019 Germany’s Trademark Law Modernization Act (MaMoG) went into effect, amending the German Trademark Law (MarkenG) to implement European Union Trade Marks Directive 2015/2436 (MRL). This Act introduces specific regulations for the registration of certification marks, which are an entirely new type of trademark under the German Trademark Law. Certification marks have
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
The Mexican Senate approved a package of reforms to the provisions of the “Ley de la Propiedad Industrial” (IP Law) comprising important changes to the protection of trademarks in Mexico. These reforms can be considered as the most important reforms to the IP Law in recent years. The reform includes extensive changes. We would like
Since 2016, European trademark law has gone through its most substantial reform since the implementation of the (former) Community trademark system in 1996. One of the changes that took effect as of 1 October 2017 opened up the opportunity for trademark owners to obtain protection for new types of marks as these no longer require
Hogan Lovells represented Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH (“Federation”) in a successful appeal against a decision of the Hong Kong Registrar of Trade Marks in an opposition involving the “Swiss” certification mark. Importantly, the Court’s decision confirms the public interest in ensuring that certification marks are given the necessary protection in Hong Kong.