EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office): New rules on submitting evidence (European Union Trade Marks are affected)

The EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) announced that it is implementing  new rules on submitting evidence, which will affect procedures for European Union Trade Marks. The press release states that: From 1 February 2023 new requirements will apply when submitting annexes on data carriers. The affected data carriers are such as USB flash drives,…


Adoption of the Commission’s proposal for a revised Regulation and Directive on industrial designs

The EUIPO announced the following long waited news: The Designs Directive and Community Design Regulation, originally created twenty years ago, are currently being revised. The revision aims to ensure that design protection is fit for purpose in the digital age and it is more accessible and efficient for individual designers, SMEs and design intensive industries…


Trade Mark REVELE confusingly similar to European Union Trade Mark REVUELE

THE CASE  The company LIFY COSMETICS JSC filed on July 22, 2021, the application for registration No 4787286 relating to the trademark REVELE (word trademark in France). REVUELE Ltd., Bulgaria, client of IP Consulting Ltd., filed an Opposition against all the goods and services in Class 3 of the said trademark before the National Institute…


European Union Trade Mark (EUIPO) – Criteria for use of a trademark

THE CASE Cooperation Panda, Corporation, Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd 139, 1784 Sofia, Bulgaria (applicant), represented by IP Consulting Ltd.,(European trademark attorneys) filed a request for revocation of EUTM (European Union trademark) No 9 496 911 (figurative mark) before the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office). The request is directed against all the goods covered by the…


EUIPO – European Union trade mark cancelled due to lack of distinctiveness

THE CASE Елби 70 АД (applicant), represented by Ip Consulting Ltd.,(professional representative) filed a request for a declaration of invalidity against European Union trade mark No 1 755 511 COCOCARE (word mark) (the EUTM), filed on 13/07/2000 and registered on 30/04/2002.  SUMMARY OF THE PARTIES’ ARGUMENTS  The applicant argues that the contested mark is composed…


Trade Marks – a short historical note

A trademark is a distinguishing mark not only for the goods and services offered, but also for the companies that use them. A trademark has a communicative function with consumers, as it can testify to the reputation of a company, to the quality of the products and services offered, and can significantly increase consumer confidence…


A non distinctive element in a trade mark cannot lead to possibility of confusion

The case  An opposition has been filed with ref. No 70111020/24.01.2019, according to the opponent there is visual, phonetic and semantic similarity between the earlier mark “Б. П. бирени’ and the trademark applied for, as the signs contain common distinctive and dominant elements, namely ‘пръчици’ and ‘бирени’. The applicant of the opposed mark ИНТЕРМЕС Ltd….