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IT SOUNDS !

OHIM stipulated recently the conditions for filing sound trademark and indicated that an MP3 file may now be joined with the technical conditions providing that its size does not exceed one Megabyte and that it does not allow loops or streaming.   This does not mean that the MP3 file is sufficient. In fact, it…

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Retail sale services under the European recent practice

In eight months of birth, the definitive allowance of retail services under trademark registrations in the European Community has lead the OHIM President to further intervene and the Opposition division to show its difficulties in handling this new possibility.     Registration of retail sale services Community trademark was first granted by the OHIM Board…

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PERFIX/CERFIX

On February 1st, 2006 – PERFIX/ CERFIX The European Court of First Instance upheld an opposition based on trademark CERFIX against trademark PERFIX as reproduced here above. (Community trademark application) VS./ (Earlier trademark opposed) The reasoning was to minimize the visual differences as regards the strong phonetic likeliness of the signs, especially because of the…

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SERIAL TALKER !

ARE SLOGANS REALLY ELIGIBLE TO REGISTRATION UNDER THE EU SYSTEM? Recent community decisions show a strict position as regards the eligibility of a slogan to registration as a trademark under the EU system

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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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