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
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
Only in french !
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
Only available in French !
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 trademarks. Cybercriminals then intend … Read the rest
To attract you into their shops, Moroccans will tell you “Come in… For the pleasure of the eyes”.
For what is better than an attractive point of sale to entice a customer to get in?
This is why brands – and franchises in particular – tend to capitalize on their interior design, which can become a real visual communication tool.… Read the rest
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