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SCOTUS picks at bones of Jack Daniel’s dog toy dispute

24-03-2023Muireann Bolger

Justices concerned that trademark claims potentially impair free expression | Marked reluctance to discard Rogers test | VIP Products and free speech advocates favour Rogers over likelihood-of-confusion analysis.

Puma loses appeal over rival’s chevron trademark

EU23-03-2023Sarah Speight

EUIPO decision that rival brand’s figurative mark is not likely to confuse was correct, says General Court | Long-running attempt to oppose competitor’s brand fails | See Puma’s pleas and court’s reasoning.

Launch of new gTLDs moves a step closer as ICANN approves plan

International23-03-2023Liz Hockley

“Pivotal moment” for industry as the web body opens door to next round of generic top-level domains | Board met in Mexico and approved 98 recommendations | Details and comment.

Jack Daniel’s showdown arrives at SCOTUS

22-03-2023Muireann Bolger

Duo of major cases appear before top US court | Justices tackle parody, freedom of speech, artistically relevant defences and extra-territorial trademark disputes | Herrick, Feinstein | Hanson Bridgett.

EU court rejects skateboard brand’s ‘f-word’ trademark

EU17-03-2023Trademarks NewsLiz Hockley

FA World Entertainment loses General Court bid | Phrase ‘lacked distinction’.

Merchant & Gould appoints first female MD in 123 years

16-03-2023Movers & ShakersMuireann Bolger

New lead of seven US offices previously served as firm’s chair of litigation practice.

MetaBirkin creator rails at Hermès’ ‘unclean hands’ and alleges smear campaign

16-03-2023Trademarks NewsMuireann Bolger

Hermès’ representatives and expert witnesses at trial “acted dishonestly at trial” | Defeated ‘artist’ insists that fashion house has tarred his reputation | Full details on renewed motion.

UK appoints new IP minister in science, innovation and tech

UK15-03-2023Movers & Shakers, Patent NewsSarah Speight

Viscount Camrose becomes the new minister for AI and IP | He will serve in the government’s new science, innovation and tech department | Full details of the minister's brief. 

Jack Daniel’s lambasts ‘dangerous’ dog toy judgment

13-03-2023Muireann Bolger

Jack Daniel’s accuses a court of eviscerating the core protections of trademark law | Ruling could have “staggering implications for consumers and mark owners” | Jack Daniel’s accused of muzzling free speech by opponent.

Nestlé loses EU court appeal to revive ‘A2’ trademark

EU10-03-2023Liz Hockley

EU General Court determines similarity with The a2 Milk Company mark | Signs held to be phonetically similar with visual differences.

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