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Wanhuida Intellectual Property | China | 28 Nov 2022

BNIC successfully invalidates Chinese transliteration of "Cognac"

🕑 3 minutes In 2015, a Chinese company, Zhejiang Zhen Wine Network Technology Ltd, applied for the registration of the trademark 康涅克 ("Kang Nie Ke" in Chinese) in class 33. The National Interprofessional Cognac Bureau brought an invalidation proceeding against the mark, contending that 康涅克 was a Chinese translation of "Cognac" and that "Cognac" was a famous foreign place name and an......
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Bird & Bird LLP | European Union, Germany | 17 Nov 2022

Scope of protection: “Glen” as an impermissible evocation to “Scotch whisky”

Once again, the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg had to decide on a German Whisky with a designation including the Gaelic word “Glen”. The Hamburg…
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HGF Ltd | Ghana | 11 Nov 2022

Appropriation of culture v appreciation of culture

On what grounds is Florence-based Uffizi Galleries suing French designer Jean Paul Gaultier for using Botticelli’s “the Birth…
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Krishna & Saurastri Associates LLP | India | 11 Nov 2022

Shikara row to Makhana GI tags - long journey ahead?

Geographical Indication are undoubtedly one of the most crucial assets which afford importance and reputation to the country of origin and help in…
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PETOŠEVIĆ | European Union, Ukraine | 3 Nov 2022

Ukraine Introduces TSG Protection

On September 7, 2022, a new law entered into force in Ukraine introducing the protection of the so-called “traditional specialities guaranteed”…
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Garrigues | Peru | 2 Nov 2022

Entran en vigor en Perú los tratados OMPI sobre marcas, dibujos y modelos industriales, patentes, denominaciones de origen e indicaciones geográficas

El Diario Oficial El Peruano ha publicado la entrada en vigor de los acuerdos con los que el país entra oficialmente a formar parte de los tratados…
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Rajah & Tann Asia | Singapore | 31 Oct 2022

Enhanced IP border enforcement measures to come into effect on 21 November 2022

The Ministry of Law has announced that enhanced border enforcement measures relating to certain intellectual property rights will come into force on…
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Brodies LLP | European Union | 26 Oct 2022

What we can learn from the Iceland dispute - a summary of the UK's Geographical Indication (GI) scheme

The supermarket chain Iceland is a household name in the UK. Since it was founded in 1970, the brand has made efforts to register trade marks in…
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Inlex IP Expertise | European Union | 17 Oct 2022

How has the notion of "evocation" of a PDO evolved in case law?

🕑 10 minutes Under article 13(1)(b) of EU Regulations No. 510/2006 and No. 1151/2012, registered protected designations of origin (PDOs) are protected against any usurpation, imitation or evocation. In recent years, several rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union have broadened the notion of "evocation" of a PDO so that its protection no longer appears to be limited to its......
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Garrigues | European Union | 11 Oct 2022

Protección para la cerámica de Talavera, el calzado de Elche o los cuchillos de Albacete

Una propuesta de Reglamento de la Unión Europea podría contribuir a proteger los productos artesanales y las cualidades atribuidas a las técnicas y…
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