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Actions against auctions !

Louis Vuitton and Dior Couture sued the online biddings website EBay for trademark infringement. The plaintiffs claim the website is not vigilant enough as regards the selling and purchasing of goods marked with their brands via EBay, and ask for 37 millions euros as damages.  

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stradevarie VS Stradivarius

VS./ On December 21, 2006, the Board of Appeal denied a risk of confusion between these marks retaining that the lack of conceptual similarity prevailed. The Board pointed out that Stradivarius is well associated with violins, making it easy for consumers to distinguish it from Strade Varie meaning « various roads ». Along with Picasso vs./ Picaro,…

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The New Singapore Treaty on Trademark Law

The New Singapore Treaty on Trademark Law   This treaty was adopted on March 28, 2006 in order to revise the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) of 1994. The aim was to harmonize and simplify the administrative procedures for registration and maintenance of trademarks by introducing e-mail and internet-based communications and including the representation of all…

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Community designs linked with international design registrations

On December 18, 2006,the European Union Council accepted the accession of the European Community to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement relating to International design registrations and established the Regulation for making this accession effective. This acceptance is a first step in the process to link Community designs (in existence since April 1, 2003,…

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RODA c./ ODA

Le TPICE a rendu un arrêt intéressant le 25 octobre dernier en décidant que le dépôt communautaire ODA devait être refusé en raison de l’existence d’une marque antérieure espagnole RODA et alors même qu’une décision judiciaire antérieure espagnole avait décidé que les signes pouvaient coexister en Espagne.

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Color shades

Despite the keys given by the European Court of Justice on May 6, 2003, most of the color shades applied for are, without specific circumstances, rejected for lack of distinctiveness or misrepresentation of the sign. On April, 26, 2006, the Board of Appeal ruled that the orange shade of VEUVECLICQUOT did not have the distinctive…

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Color combinations

The Community decisions concur in requesting a « systematic and constant order and disposal of the colors combined » in the trademark representation. Difficulties arise when the owner’s practice commends to use various configurations. The blue and orange colors mark of GULF OILINTERNATIONAL has been registered in last October for auto racing sponsorship and associated goods. Our…

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GCC vs./ KCC

On September 14, 2006, the Second Board of Appeal denied likely hood of confusion between the earlier mark GCC and the application KCC for goods in the electrical industry. The Board took the view that the two marks were acronyms leading oneself to pay attention to each letter separately, so that the difference in one…

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