202205.20
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SHEEP’S CHEESE KASHKAVAL BULGARIAN KASHKAVAL MADE IN BULGARIA – trade mark cancelled on absolute grounds

Absolute grounds for refusal of registration of a trademark are laid down in Art. 11, par.1 of the Law on Marks and Geographical Indications (LMGI).   It is characteristic of the absolute grounds for refusal of registration that they affect the ability of the sign applied for to be a trademark at all. They are…

202008.04
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Implications on the international registration of industrial designs due to Brexit

The transition period provided for under the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) will end on December 31, 2020.  The Government of the United Kingdom has informed the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) of the steps it will take to deliver continued protection…

201911.12
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Successful case of IP Consulting before the General Court of the European Union – attempt for invalidation of a registered Community Design

The ACTION is brought against the decision of the Third Board of Appeal of EUIPO of 19 July 2018 (Case R 1197/2017-3), relating to invalidity proceedings between Aroma Essence and Refan Bulgaria. Refan Bulgaria OOD is represented by the team of IP Consulitng, they are holder of the Community design filed with the European Union Intellectual Property…

201910.02
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BASICS FOR EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK (EUTM) REGISTERED BEFORE EUIPO (EUROPEAN UNION INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE)

The registration of EUTM (European Union Trade Mark) is governed by the REGULATION (EU) 2017/1001 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the European Union trade mark. 1. How an EUTM is obtained? According to the Regulation an EUTM (European union trade mark)  is obtained by registration. Who can own an EUTM? Any…

201901.22
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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…

201708.10
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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…

201704.10
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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…