The Finnish Market Court started to operate as the new IP court on September 1, 2013.
The Finnish Market Court started to operate as the new IP court on September 1, 2013. It has jurisdiction in all civil IP matters including, for instance, applications relating to IP rights and appeals against decisions by the National Board of Patents and Registration (NBPR) regarding patents, trademarks and designs.
Following the transfer of civil IP matters to the Market Court, the Board of Appeals of the NBPR ceased to operate on January 1, 2014 and its cases were transferred to the Market Court. After a rather quiet autumn, the court has recently handed down a number of judgments in IP cases, the vast majority being appeals against NBPR trademark decisions. An overview of some of the key rulings follows.
Literal v. contextual meaning of words in trademarks
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