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UEFA ponders next steps over Puma ‘Euro 2021’ TM attempt

Germany, International07-04-2020Rory O'Neill

UEFA is “considering its position” over trademark applications filed by German sports brand for ‘Puma Euro 2021’, after the postponement of this summer’s planned Euro 2020 football championship.

‘East India’ name can’t be monopolised, says UKIPO

07-04-2020Rory O'Neill

A business that claims its heritage from the historic East India Company has been rebuffed in its efforts to block a series of trademarks related to the name.

Irish fibre optics company hails Broadcom patent win

EU, Ireland06-04-2020

Irish fibre optics company Firecomms is claiming victory over Broadcom in a German patent lawsuit.

Delta Airlines scores partial TM win at UKIPO

06-04-2020Rory O'Neill

Delta Airlines has partially blocked the registration of a ‘Sky Club’ trademark by a UK private travel concierge service on the grounds that it would cause confusion with its own airport lounge brand.

EU court rejects dairy cooperative’s 3D butter TM

EU, France06-04-2020Sarah Morgan

In a defeat for dairy product cooperative Isigny-Sainte Mère, the EU General Court has rejected its attempt to register a 3D trademark. 

Disabled lawyers barely represented in in-house legal roles

06-04-2020Sarah Morgan

While 60% of UK lawyers working in-house are women, just 1.5% are disabled, while black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers are underrepresented, according to statistics published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Coty v Amazon a mixed bag for e-commerce platforms, say lawyers

EU03-04-2020Rory O'Neill

The Court of Justice of the European Union’s Coty v Amazon ruling will come partly as a relief to e-commerce brands, but could be seen as a missed opportunity too.

YouTube not required to hand over infringers’ details, says CJEU adviser

EU03-04-2020Rory O'Neill

An EU advocate general has weighed in on whether YouTube should be forced to hand over details such as IP and email addresses to film companies.

China drives filings in UK as global TM registers begin to stabilise

China03-04-2020Sarah Morgan

Trademark registers across the world are beginning to stabilise at new, lower levels, after dropping off in the middle of March, as the COVID-19 pandemic creates uncertain economic times. But while filings have taken a dip overall, certain Nice classes are seeing a major increase and China is bolstering the UK’s register.

Verizon attacks Huawei’s ‘baseless’ patent infringement claims

China03-04-2020Sarah Morgan

Telecoms company Verizon has ripped into patent suits filed against it by Huawei, calling them “baseless claims” and accusing the Chinese company of attempting to “take credit for American innovation”. 

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