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Birkenstock’s sole sign declared invalid

United Kingdom - March 16 2018 In a recent decision, the Appointed Person, James Mellor QC, refused to uphold the validity of Birkenstock’s UK trade mark (No. UK00003070652) for the…

Does that taste like Champagne to you?

European Union - February 2 2018 At the end of last year, the CJEU gave its preliminary ruling on four questions which had been asked by the German Federal Court in respect of a…

Amazon’s Alexa runs rings around the USPTO

USA - August 17 2017 If, like me, you love your tech, you will be all too familiar with Amazon’s Echo by now. The Echo devices have taken the market by storm and are among…

BMW finishes first in appeal

United Kingdom - July 11 2017 The Court of Appeal (CoA) has recently decided on an appeal by BMW relating to its dispute with Technosport, a garage in North West London (see the…

YouTube and Google dealt a blow in Italy

Italy - June 1 2017 The Court of Turin has recently found that YouTube and Google (the video-sharing platform’s owner) were liable for the infringing copyright works…