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Venado VS Vekkk

  VS./     On December 14, 2006, the Court Of First Instance confirmed the risk of confusion between these two marks for drinks of classes 32 and 33. For the Court, both trademarks are composed of a representation of a deer’s head that dominates the word element. I ntellectually, the signs coincide with the…

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CELLTECH

On December 14, 2006 the ECJ Advocate General concluded in favour of the rejection of the CELLTECH word mark in classes 5 (pharmaceutical, veterinary and sanitary preparations, compounds and substances), 10 (surgical, medical, dental and veterinary apparatus and instruments) and 42 (research and development services and consultancy services, all relating to the biological, medical and…

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« Salted biscuits » different from « sugared biscuits »

« Salted biscuits » different from « sugared biscuits » On December 15, 2006, the CFI retained that FERRO and FERRERO were not similar and that « salted biscuits » and « sugared biscuits » were neither. The Court argued that these products are not eaten on the same occasions, are neither complementary nor interchangeable, and that consumers show special attention when buying…

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MAGIC SEAT vs./ SEAT SA

MAGIC SEAT vs./ SEAT SA The Opposition Division and the Board of Appeal recognized a risk of confusion between SEAT and MAGIC SEAT considering the high distinctiveness and reputation of SEAT in Spain for cars. The applicant has just brought the case before the CFI, claiming that the signs are visually dissimilar due to the…

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Actions against auctions !

Louis Vuitton and Dior Couture sued the online biddings website EBay for trademark infringement. The plaintiffs claim the website is not vigilant enough as regards the selling and purchasing of goods marked with their brands via EBay, and ask for 37 millions euros as damages.  

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stradevarie VS Stradivarius

VS./ On December 21, 2006, the Board of Appeal denied a risk of confusion between these marks retaining that the lack of conceptual similarity prevailed. The Board pointed out that Stradivarius is well associated with violins, making it easy for consumers to distinguish it from Strade Varie meaning « various roads ». Along with Picasso vs./ Picaro,…

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The New Singapore Treaty on Trademark Law

The New Singapore Treaty on Trademark Law   This treaty was adopted on March 28, 2006 in order to revise the Trademark Law Treaty (TLT) of 1994. The aim was to harmonize and simplify the administrative procedures for registration and maintenance of trademarks by introducing e-mail and internet-based communications and including the representation of all…

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Community designs linked with international design registrations

On December 18, 2006,the European Union Council accepted the accession of the European Community to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement relating to International design registrations and established the Regulation for making this accession effective. This acceptance is a first step in the process to link Community designs (in existence since April 1, 2003,…

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RODA c./ ODA

Le TPICE a rendu un arrêt intéressant le 25 octobre dernier en décidant que le dépôt communautaire ODA devait être refusé en raison de l’existence d’une marque antérieure espagnole RODA et alors même qu’une décision judiciaire antérieure espagnole avait décidé que les signes pouvaient coexister en Espagne.

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