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Series marks held compatible with EU trade mark law

Previously on … Earlier this year, we discussed the ongoing “Glee Club” trade mark saga between Comic Enterprises Limited and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation (Trade mark win for the little guy – the “Glee Club” saga continues). Following on from the Court of Appeal decision in February, where the Court of Appeal upheld the earlier findings of the High Court, the court ruled on a final issue which Fox had raised at first instance…
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Right to be forgotten – sometimes…

Google attempts to limit the scope of legislative ruling It’s been reported that Google is appealing to the French High Court to limit the scope of the right to be forgotten. The present right to be forgotten is enshrined in case law (Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González) since 2014; soon to be protected by law in the General Data Protection Regulation. Case law decided that Google must remove links to pages that…
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3D TM for a Rubik’s Cube? Not such a puzzling decision

You remember Rubik’s Cubes don’t you? Of course you do, fashionable in the 80s, retro in the 90s, slightly forgotten in the noughties, and the subject of an Advocate General opinion in the teenies (yes, 2016 is the “teenies”). It turns out that in 1996 a UK company applied for the following 3D mark in the EU in relation to “three dimensional puzzles”: Rubiks cube 10 years later, in 2006, a German company applied to…
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In A Barrel…

The EU’s General Court recently found that the trade mark ‘NIAGARA’ was descriptive for bottled water and similar goods. It held that the public were likely to perceive ‘niagara’ as indicating the origin of the applicant’s goods (i.e. Niagara Falls) and – as such – the word must be kept free in order to allow others to use ‘Niagara’ to designate the origin of their bottled water. Therefore, the application to register ‘NIAGARA’ in the…
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