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Personal data – When goodwill, diligence et speed prove insufficient to avoid a heavy penalty (even though reduced) – OPTICAL CENTER >> 200K€

Personal data – When goodwill, diligence et speed prove insufficient to avoid a heavy penalty (even though reduced) – OPTICAL CENTER >> 200K€

The French Conseil d’Etat has just ruled over the CNIL’s sanction against the company Optical Center dated May 7, 2018 (see our news feed https://www.ip-talk.com/en/accueil/rgpd/ 07/05/18 CNIL– Conviction for Optical Center : 250K€). On 28 July 2017, it was reported to the CNIL that personal data had been made freely accessible on Optical Center’s website….

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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 that goods belonging…

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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 8th, 2012 on…

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Cybersquatting: Beware of homograph attacks!

Cybersquatting: Beware of homograph attacks!

As trademarks owners and domain names specialists are well aware, scammers and cybercriminals can be very imaginative and continuously find ways to harm trademarks and consumers by maliciously registering and using phony domain names.     Cybersquatting and typosquatting These practices, commonly known as cybersquatting or domain squatting, notably consist in registering domain names including…

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