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New law in Morocco

Provisions that came into effect on February 20, 2006 brought important changes with: -The approval of sound and smell signs as trademarks -The implementation of an opposition proceeding which will open 2 months starting from the publication date

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EUROSTAR

January 10, 2006 : The Eurostar railway network and the Eurostar Dutch diamond merchant both applied for the domain name eurostar.eu, on the basis of legitimate registered trademarks EUROSTAR but the Dutch company was 6 minutes faster. The railway network chose to contest EDT’s application before the French Commercial Court on the basis of a coexistence…

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Les echos

October 21, 2005 :   The WIPO arbitration and mediation center retained that the registration and use of the domain name lesechos.fr was infringing title right on LES ECHOS, the French economic magazine, along with its protection under French law and ordered the transfer of the domain name to the magazine.

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vente privée

December 16, 2005 : The web site zone-privee.com was ordered to make unavailable its content because of the resemblances with an earlier web site vente-privee.com because it had the same architecture, identical colors used on the same emplacements, and same advertisings presentation with the same script as vente-privee.com

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ALLEZLES BLEUS

January 17, 2006 : The French High Court ruled that the mark ALLEZ LES BLEUS (literally Go on blue guys) was not commonly known at the time of filling and should consequently be regarded as distinctive. It only became well-know after the winning of the world football cup of 1998 by France.

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Keywords

December 8, 2005 : The Paris Tribunal of First Instance stated that there was no counterfeiting when GOOGLE offered to CARTEPHONE company, specialized in phone cards trade, the key word KERTEL which is the mark of KERTEL company, involved in prepaid phone cards, because the use of the sign is made with no proposal of products…

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