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General Court upholds OHIM refusal of CTM application for shape of loudspeaker

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 29 2011

In Bang & Olufsen AS v OHIM T-50808 6 October 2011 (unreported), the General Court upheld a decision by the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) refusing Bang & Olufsen’s Community trade mark (CTM) application for the shape of a loudspeaker, on the grounds that the mark consisted exclusively of the shape, which gave substantial value to the goods

CJEU considers effect of honest concurrent use in Budweiser reference

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • November 3 2011

In Budějovický Budvar, národní podnik v Anheuser-Busch, Inc, C- 48209 (22 September 2011), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that both Anheuser-Busch and Budvar can continue to use the BUDWEISER trade mark in the United kingdom as there had been a long period of honest concurrent use

Jurisdiction to award damages for online infringement of “personality rights” clarified

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 29 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that victims of infringements of “personality rights” by means of the internet can chose to bring actions before the courts of the Member State in which they reside in respect of all the damage caused

Registered community designs can infringe earlier registered community designs

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • March 30 2012

The Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the interpretation of the term “any third party” in Article 19(1) of the Community Designs Regulation (62002EC) in its decision in Case C-48810 Celaya Emparanza y Galdos Internacional SA (Cegasa) v Proyectos Integrales de Balizamiento SL

The European General Court decides only visible parts determine overall impression

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 3 2011

In Kwang Yang Motor Co Ltd v OHIM Cases T-1008 and T- 1108 9 September 2011 (unreported) the European General Court (GC) held that a design that constituted a component part of a complex product could only be considered to have individual character if the component part remained visible during normal use and fulfilled the requirements as to novelty and individual character

Registrability of marks containing geographical indications of origin

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union, Finland
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  • November 3 2011

“Cognac” as a geographical indication (GI) cannot be used in a trade mark of a spirit drink not covered by that GI, as the commercial use of such a mark would harm the protected indication

Article 29 Working Party opinion on applicable law: clarifying the scope of application of the Data Protection Directive

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • February 28 2011

The Article 29 Working Partythe European advisory body on data protection and privacyhas adopted an Opinion on applicable law (WP 179) aimed at clarifying the scope of application of the Data Protection Directive (9546EC

Court of Justice of the European Union provides ruling on keyword jurisdiction

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • April 30 2012

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), in Wintersteiger AG v Products 4U Sondermaschinenbau GmbH C-52310, has ruled that under Article 5(3) of the Brussels Regulation, an advertiser that uses a keyword that infringes a national trade mark on a country-specific top-level domain (TLD) of a Member State other than the Member State where the national trade mark is registered, can be sued in its Member State of establishment

Territorial exclusivity of football broadcasts found contrary to EU law

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union
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  • November 3 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure C- 40308 and Karen Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd C- 42908 (4 October 2011) that a system of licences for the broadcasting of sporting events which grants licensees territorial exclusivity on a Member State basis, and which prohibits television viewers from watching the broadcasts in one Member State using a decoder licensed for use in another, is contrary to EU law

Further CJEU guidance on keyword advertising and trade mark infringement

  • McDermott Will & Emery
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  • European Union, United Kingdom
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  • November 3 2011

In (1) Interflora Inc. (2) Interflora British Unit v (1) Marks & Spencer plc (2) Flowers Direct Online Ltd, Case C-32309 (22 September 2011), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has provided further guidance on circumstances in which use of a registered trade mark as a keyword by a third party advertiser may constitute trade mark infringement