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TTAB Test: Is WARTSEAL Merely Descriptive of Wart Removing Preparations?
  • Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • USA
  • July 26 2017

You betcha! The Board affirmed this Section 2(e)(1) refusal to register WARTSEAL, finding the term merely descriptive of "Wart removing preparations


Spotlight on Upcoming Oral Arguments - July 2017
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • USA
  • July 7 2017

This appeal arises from a Northern District of Illinois decision dismissing Nalco’s infringement complaint with prejudice and denying its motion for


Patronymic trademarks in the fashion industry: what’s in a name?
  • Jacobacci & Partners
  • Italy
  • January 11 2017

In the fashion industry it is common to use and register the name of a designer as a trademark. But what happens when a designer assigns his or her


Trademark opposition system in Mexico is here
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Mexico
  • December 5 2016

Mexico has harmonized its industrial property law to international standards by incorporating the opposition system into its legal framework. As of


European IP Snapshot - November 2016 欧洲知产快讯 - 2016年十一月
  • CMS, China
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • December 1 2016

欧盟常设法院部分撤销了上诉委员会的决定判定在硬质水果糖上使用商标就足以判定在“糖果”这一整体类别中真正使用该商标. 该决定进一步明确在欧盟小部分地区使用该商标也足以判定在欧盟全部地区真正


Iceland vs. Iceland: why can a country’s name also be a trademark?
  • NLO
  • European Union, Iceland
  • November 30 2016

The British supermarket Iceland Foods is at loggerheads with Iceland. The supermarket chain has a European trademark registration for ICELAND


TTAB Test: Is THE SALAD STATION Merely Descriptive of Restaurant Services?
  • Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • USA
  • November 23 2016

The USPTO refused registration of the mark THE SALAD STATION, in standard character and design forms, finding the term merely descriptive of


Trademarks and Geographic Place Names CIPO Updates its Practice
  • Bereskin & Parr LLP
  • Canada
  • November 9 2016

On November 9, 2016, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) issued a Practice Notice to clarify its position with respect to trademarks that


TTAB Test: Is MERSIN (Turkey) Primarily Merely Geographically Descriptive of Cheese?
  • Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, PC
  • Turkey
  • October 13 2016

The USPTO refused to register the mark MERSIN, in the design form shown below, for cheese, garnish, and pastry products, without a disclaimer of the


What’s in a Name
  • Spruson & Ferguson
  • Australia
  • October 10 2016

Brock Beauty applied for the extension of protection of its International Registration for BROCKBEAUTY covering cosmetic goods to Australia. The