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Blow for Hyundai as Court of Appeal upholds opposition against KONA mark for automobiles

Blow for Hyundai as Court of Appeal upholds opposition against KONA mark for automobiles

This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in May, 2019. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com

 

  • Kona USA Inc opposed registration of Hyundai’s mark KONA for “automobiles” based on earlier mark KONA for “bicycles”
  • Intellectual Property Office upheld opposition, finding that goods fell within same general category
  • Court of Appeal confirmed
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SPINNING out? The General Court annuls the EUIPO’s decision to revoke the trademark “SPINNING”

SPINNING out? The General Court annuls the EUIPO’s decision to revoke the trademark “SPINNING”

Background

Mad Dogg Athletics Inc. (the applicant) obtained the registration of their trademark SPINNING on April 3rd, 2000, for goods in classes 9 (audio and video cassettes), 28 (exercise equipment) and 41 (exercise training). Aerospinning Master Franchising, s.r.o. (the intervenor) filed an application for partial revocation of the above trademark on February … Read the rest

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IMESSAGE – Cautionary tale of an allusive trademark

IMESSAGE – Cautionary tale of an allusive trademark

In 2011, Apple introduced iMessage, its own messaging service for iOS 5 users (enabling people to send text messages for free with an Internet connection). Since then, it has struggled with IP Offices all around the world to get the trademark registered for its prime activities.

The issue each time revolves around the distinctive character of the trademark – … Read the rest

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“Render onto Supreme the things that are Supreme’s”: notoriety of SUPREME benefits its owner

Article publié en anglais!

Cet article a d’abord été publié dans le journal WTR Daily de World Trademark Review en Janvier 2019. Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site www.worldtrademarkreview.com

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In Good Shape: The General Court Declares Pirelli’s Mark Registrable- Pirelli Tyre SpA vs. EUIPO, T-447/16

BACKGROUND

The applicant, Pirelli Typre SpA, filed an application for a registration of an EU trademark on the 23rd of July 2001, for the following figurative sign in class 12:

‘Tyres, solid, semi-pneumatic and pneumatic tyres, rims and covers for vehicle wheels of all kinds, vehicle wheels of all kinds, inner tubes, wheel rims, parts, accessories and spare parts Read the rest

Finding the right balance: The importance of the right measure regarding the distinctiveness of a position trademark (T-184/17)

Leifheit AG filed a position trademark application described as follows: « the position mark is composed by four green squares apposed on the down face of a balance, in each corner, close to the border. » The trademark claims class 9, namely scales.

This trademark has been refused by the EUIPO considering its lack of distinctiveness. Indeed, they argued … Read the rest

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Erotic products, happy life ends here [T‐457/17 HAPPY LIFE, Medisana AG / EUIPO, 25 september 2018]

Using a slogan as a trademark could be an original way to distinguish your products or services provided the slogan is finely formulated. Slogans such as « Just do it » (Nike) or “Because you’re worth it” (L’Oréal) obviously attract the consumers’ attention towards the goods or services concerned considering they make it easy to remember.

The General … Read the rest