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The effect of Brexit on the (rest of the) EU
  • Gowling WLG
  • Netherlands, Austria, United Kingdom, European Union, France, Germany, Italy
  • July 18 2016

The UK referendum vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, and the subsequent paroxysms of British politics, have held us all captivated. And so it is

Tactical trade marks and bad faith bunnies?
  • Gowling WLG
  • Austria, United Kingdom, European Union
  • August 27 2009

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) had provided guidance to the national Austrian court as to the factors to be considered when determining whether a registration applied for in the knowledge that other very similar marks were being used in the Community is to be considered as having been made in bad faith.

The ECJ provides further re-packaging guidance in the Zovirax parallel imports case
  • Gowling WLG
  • Austria, European Union
  • February 18 2009

In The Wellcome Foundation Ltd v Paranova Pharmazeutika Handels GmbH, 22 December 2008 (C-27605) the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has confirmed that where the re-packaging of trademarked goods has been established to be necessary there is only one criterion to be fulfilled in respect of the nature of the re-packaging.

Advocate General's opinion in Silberquelle v Maselli - can promotional use of a registered trade mark be "genuine use"?
  • Gowling WLG
  • Austria, European Union
  • November 25 2008

In Silberquelle v Maselli (C-49507) Advocate General Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer (AG) has provided useful guidance on what constitutes "genuine use" of a trade mark, particularly in relation to advertising and promotional use.

Charitable trade mark use is it "genuine"?
  • Gowling WLG
  • Austria, European Union
  • October 1 2008

Registered trade marks which have not been used by their proprietor for a continuous period of five years are at risk of being revoked by third parties.

Gordon Harris
  • Gowling WLG