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Facelift for trademark oppositions?: Canada's proposed amendments

Canada01-12-2010Dr. Victoria Carrington and Nihan Keser

CIPO recently announced proposed amendments to the Trademarks Regulations in anticipation of both reducing the operational costs for businesses and increasing the overall effectiveness of trademark opposition procedures.

Trademark functions in practice: the Opel-Blitz-II case

Germany01-12-2010Jens Künzel

The decision in Opel-Blitz II, handed down by the Federal Supreme Court of Germany in January 2010, concerns the use of a trademark of a well-known German automobile manufacturer on miniature replica toy cars.

Oppositions, obviousness and other stories

Israel01-12-2010Dr. Michael Factor

Merck’s patent application entitled Method for Inhibiting Bone Resorption covers an increased unit dose of alendronate and other bisphosphonates for the treatment of Paget’s disease and osteoporosis.

Geographical indications in Japan

Japan01-12-2010Ryo Maruyama

The legal system relating to geographical indications in Japan is divided into three major categories.

Reshaping Malaysian design law

Malaysia01-12-2010Dave A. Wyatt

The jurisdiction report in the July/August 2009 issue of WIPR celebrated a decade of independent industrial design law in Malaysia.

Of models and makes

Norway01-12-2010Steiner Lie

In 1999, the Norwegian Intellectual Property Office’s (NIPO) Appeal Board refused the mark L400 for class 12 goods (vehicles) in a decision that was initially ignored by NIPO legal advisors.

The judiciary in action at last

Peru01-12-2010Alain C. Delion

The Peruvian judiciary provided a pleasant surprise recently, with its view of an appeal against a Peruvian Patent and Trademark Office (INDECOPI) resolution rejecting a trademark opposition case.

Courts reject holistic approach

Philippines01-12-2010Eunice Hyacinth L. Tan

In determining whether a likelihood of confusion exists between competing trademarks, the Philippine Supreme Court relies on two principal tests: the dominancy test and the holistic test.

Single words: protected as trademarks or copyrights

Poland01-12-2010Monika Wieczorkowska

Under Polish Copyright Law, a work is subject to copyright if it is an expression of creative activity, meaning it is original or has individual character.

Trademark frustrations in Turkey

Turkey01-12-2010Isik Ozdogan and Ezgi Baklaci

The acceptability of consent letters, co-existence agreements and sister company arrangements are often explored by the applicants whose trademarks are provisionally refused based on a prior registration in Turkey.

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