Primus in tempore – potior in iure as far as the holders of Registered Community Designs are concerned

The team of IP Consulting provided arguments that successfully stood ground before the Invalidity Division of EUIPO. The applicant filed an application for declaration of invalidity against a RCD. It suggested that the contested RCD lacked novelty and individual character in relation to its six earlier EUTMs and to its own RCD. The holder of…


Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms

The EUIPO through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has launched a report on Protecting Innovation through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms. The report uses data from the Community Innovation Survey for 24 EU Member States to examine the economic importance of trade secrets and their relation with…


Nothing new or unusual in the sign “ICT TODAY”. EUTM application No. 13 317 169 rejected pursuant to Article 7 EUTMR

I.C.T. Media Ltd, represented by IP Consulting filed аn opposition against EUTM application No. 13 317 169 ICT TODAY pursuant to Article 8(1)(b)EUTMR. Furthermore, commenting the applicant’s observations, IP Consulting claimed that the contested mark is devoid of any distinctiveness and thus fails to satisfy the absolute grounds for registration. Based on that claim, the…


EUIPO announced that it is preparing for the Second phase of legislative changes which will start as of 1 October 2017

According to the announcement of the office: “On 23 March 2016, the first wave of changes brought about by the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 (the Amending Regulation) came into force. However, some parts of the Amending Regulation will only apply from 1 October 2017. Additionally, the Amending Regulation also provides that the…