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EUTM Enhancements - 1 October 2017

European Union, Ireland - October 12 2017 A number of changes affecting European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs) came into force on 1 October 2017. Overall, these changes are a positive development...

Mary Bleahene.


A Diamond is Forever: but is your slogan?

European Union - December 2 2015 Corporations invest vast amounts of money in developing and advertising their brands. Slogans are often used to increase brand awareness. A catchy...

Mary Bleahene.


It’s now official: CTM registration for descriptive logos is uphill struggle

European Union - November 18 2015 Up until relatively recently, CTM applicants could avoid OHIM's official practice of rejecting descriptive or non-distinctive word marks by combining...

Mary Bleahene.


Dunnes Stores, “always better value?” not so, rules the High Court

Australia - August 6 2015 On 9 June 2015, Mr. Justice Brian Cregan of the High Court held that the retailer Dunnes Stores had engaged in unlawful comparative advertising...

Brenda O’Regan.


Strange but true: PDO “PORTO” prevails over later “PORTOBELLO ROAD” CTM (INTA Bulletin July 2015)

European Union - July 16 2015 On 17 April 2015, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) issued its decision on opposition proceedings between The Institute of...

Mary Bleahene.