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Brexit…. what’s going on ?

6 months prior to the enforcement deadline of March 30th, 2019 of the BREXIT, it is high time to consider the issue at a broader scale. Below are a few dates to recall the main stages that punctuated the Brexit story: June 2016, 51,9% of British people voted in favor of pulling out of the…

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That’s bananas? The limit of the monopoly on a concept for trademarks (EUIPO Decision Apple Inc vs Banana Computer (B2831439))

Apple Inc. filed an opposition action against the word & device trademark BANANA Computer, claiming services in classes 35 and 36 arguing that as both signs refer to fruits and the reputation of the prior mark is well known, a risk of confusion exists. The Opposition division rejected these arguments.   DECISION The first ground…

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The impact of GDPR on WHOIS and enforcement of trademarks

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered in force last May 25th, 2018 and has overturned all the companies operating online and on how the personal information of their customers and employees are processed and protected. It turned out that the GDPR also has a significant, yet underestimated, impact on the availability of the WHOIS…

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OMG or NBD: Procter & Gamble’s quest to trademark acronyms

In August 2018, the global household products company Procter & Gamble filed trademark applications for terms including “LOL” (Laughing Out Loud) and “NBD” (No Big Deal). The owner of the well known brands Fairy, Febreze and Mr Clean has taken a different stance on its approach to appealing to a variety of customers, stating that…

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