EUIPO confirms – SONOKO is similar to SUNOKO

The Serbian company Sunoko.o.o filed an opposition against all the goods of European Union trade mark application No 18091313 (Sonoko, figurative). The opposition is based on international trade mark registration designating, inter alia, Croatia, No 1139685. The oponent, represented by IP Consulting Ltd., invoked Article 8(1)(b) EUTMR. Findings Visually and aurally, the trade mark signs…


European union trade mark SOLEI remains valid after proof of use procedure before the EUIPO

Velikov and Co Ltd, as a family company, laid the foundation of tradition and know-how in growing and roasting own-produced sunflower seeds back in 1991. In 2002, Velikov & Co Ltd registered Solei trademark in the Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria, guaranteeing the freedom only Velikov & Co Ltd to realize products under the…



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…


Member of IP Consulting team to be the first Bulgarian European Trade Mark Attorney successfully passed the EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme (ETMD EP) training and examination

Since 2018 the EUIPO (The European Union Intellectual Property Office responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design) is organising a training program – called Trade Mark and Design Education Programme (ETMD EP). The EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme (ETMD EP) is a training programme for intellectual property practitioners….


Successful defence against a declaration of invalidity for EUTM “Fitto”

The team of IP Consulting successfully argued the lack of likelihood of confusion between the figurative sign “Fitto” and the word mark “VITEAU”. The applicant – proprietor of EUTM “VITEAU”- claimed that there was a likelihood of confusion. The reason – the goods were identical or similar and the signs were similar. He also pointed…


The proprietor of challenged EUTM did not submit any proofs for defending his mark in the particular time limit

The applicant, a Bulgarian company, represented by the team of IP Consulting, filed a request for revocation of EUTM 008810855 eGift. The application was filed on the grounds of non-use (Article 51(1)(a) EUTMR) and it is directed against all the goods and services covered by the EUTM, namely – Classes 9, 35 and 36. Based…


Graphical representation – types of mark, changes in EUTM Law since 01.10.2017

The graphical representation requirement no longer applies when submitting a trade mark application as and from 1 October 2017. This means that, from that date, signs can be represented in any appropriate form using generally available technology, as long as the representation is clear, precise, self-contained, easily accessible, intelligible, durable and objective. The result is a ‘what you see is…


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…