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Web trademarks: it's not the words, it's the action
  • Thompson Coburn LLP
  • USA
  • July 1 2015

In the old days, you obtained nationwide priority for your trademark only through federal registration. But does the Internet now give you an easier

UK goodwill still reigns "supreme"
  • RPC
  • United Kingdom
  • June 22 2015

The question to the Supreme Court was whether a claimant in a passing off action needs to have actual customers in the UK or whether it is sufficient

What's a use in commerce exactly?
  • Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2015

The United States Supreme Court is being asked to provide some precision to the term "use in commerce." And the decision could have an enormous

Use of trademarks as metadata & hashtags in Canada
  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Canada
  • June 8 2015

Just as social media platforms may vie for omnipresence in our lives, digital and otherwise, businesses may vie for market share on these social

Passing off in the UK, Australia and New Zealand: a divergence in criteria
  • Baldwins
  • Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • May 29 2015

On 13 May 2015, the UK Supreme Court affirmed the traditional requirements for the tort of passing off. The Court maintained that a claimant must

General Court dismisses appeal to register Skype as a community trade mark
  • Burges Salmon LLP
  • European Union
  • May 27 2015

The General Court of the European Union has handed down its judgment in Skype's appeal in relation to the registration of Skype as a community trade

The Supreme Court has confirmed that Sky’s launch in the UK of “NOW TV” did not pass off a competitor’s service.
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • May 27 2015

A claimant in a passing off claim had to establish that it had actual goodwill in the jurisdiction in question, mere reputation would not suffice

“BUYAUTOPARTS.COM” deemed generic for online retail store featuring auto parts
  • Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
  • USA
  • May 27 2015

Applicant sought to register the mark BUYAUTOPARTS.COM on the Supplemental Register for "on-line retail store service featuring auto parts." Unable

Dispute looms over launch of .SUCKS domain
  • Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Global
  • May 21 2015

The recent decision by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to create a number of new domains -- including a .SUCKS domain

Pinterest now pinning its hopes on re-examination
  • Marks & Clerk
  • United Kingdom
  • May 14 2015

The company behind the social media site Pinterest has had its case against Premium Interest's application for a Community Trade Mark (CTM) for