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Brand enforcement in the meta-verse - time for a re-think?

European Union, Germany, United Kingdom - December 22 2021 The growth of the metaverse (simulation environments pertaining to aspects of real life) has provided a fantastic opportunity for many companies…

William Burrell

The Lord Chamberlain v Grant Harrold- British Queen blocks Royal Butler trade mark

United Kingdom - November 16 2020 The Queen has won in an opposition preventing one of Prince Charles' former butlers from registering the trade mark "The Royal Butler" for use in his…

New Locarno Classification for designs from 01 January 2021

Switzerland - September 25 2020 WIPO has announced that a new edition of the international classification used for the purposes of the registration of registered Community designs…

Bad faith grounds for invalidating Chinese characters

European Union, United Kingdom - July 17 2020 Bad faith is a ground that can only be used against an EUTM post registration and not beforehand during opposition proceedings. In this case, Inner…

Avoiding the pitfalls of EUIPO genuine use & intention to use requirements

European Union - September 26 2019 Two recent cases serve as a reminder on the rules relating to genuine use of an EU trade mark and also address the issue of a genuine intention to…

Jackie Johnson