Consumer Law - Foodstuffs originating in territories occupied by the State of Israel bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance. It follows from Regulation No 1169/2011 (on the …more
Protected designation of origin - geographical indications - The protection of the name ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as ‘aceto’ and ‘balsamico’ and ‘aceto’ and ‘balsamico’ are common terms.more
CJEU: insufficient motivation concerns a procedural error that can lead to revocation of the decision of the Board of Appeal of EUIPO
Trade Mark Law - Appellant has sufficient interest in appeal: annulment of the contested revocation decision would be in the appellant’s favour. Error in law of General Court to base the revocation decision on the general principle of law that permits the revocation of unlawful administrative acts instead of Article …more
Case C-785/19: Koch Media GmbH v HC. Landgericht Saarbrücken - Germany.
Litigation. Preliminary reference on the interpretation of Article 14, 13 and 3 of the Enforcement Directive, Article 8 of the Copyright Directive and Article 7 of the Computer Program Directive.
"1. a) Is …more
From the executive summary: "The analysis is based on a rich set of data on access to pirated music, film and TV programmes in all 28 Member States, for the period January 2017 to September 2018. The data covers both fixed and mobile devices, as well as the main access methods: streaming, downloads, torrents and …more
From the executive summary:
"Assessment has been carried out for the whole EU-28 market as well as for each Member State. Main findings suggest that:
- 3.6 % Europeans (13.7 million of the EU-28 population) stream unauthorised IPTV
- EUR 941.7 million Unlawful revenue generated by copyright infringing IPTV …more
Preliminary questions on the extent of the necessary disclosure prior to the registration of an Unregistered Community Design and the determination of the date for assessing the novelty of a design
Case C-728/19: Beverly Hills Teddy Bear v PMS International Group PLC. High Court of Justice (Chancery Division) - United Kingdom.
Design Law. Preliminary reference on the interpretation of Articles 5(1)(a), 7(1) and 11 of Council Regulation (EC) No. 6/2002 of 12 December 2001.
Trade Mark Law - No use corresponding to essential function of a individual trade mark when the trade mark is used in such a way as to guarantee the geographical origin and characteristics of the goods belonging to different manufacturers which are attributable to the origin, but the goods are not manufactured under …more
Google is not required to carry out worldwide de-referencing of its search engine when "the right to be forgotten" is exercised
Privacy - Google is not required to carry out worldwide de-referencing on all versions of its search engine – by a request or order for de-referencing: in a globalised world may access outside the Union likely have effects within the Union itself, numerous third States do not recognize the right to de-referencing, …more
A-G Saugmandsgaard Øe: in the period between publication of the application for a plant variety right and its grant, the breeder is free to grow and to harvest and sell the products
The referring court asks, in essence, whether, when a farmer, in the period between the publication of the application for a plant variety right and the grant of that right, has purchased saplings of a protected variety from a breeder, the planting of those trees and the subsequent harvesting and selling of the fruits …more
Preliminary questions on whether a court is to be regarded as falling within the scope of the term ‘public’
Case C-637/19. BY. Preliminary questions Svea Hovrätt – Sweden.
Copyright - Preliminary questions. "1. Does the term ‘public’ in Articles 3(1) and 4(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related …more
Curia press release: “[…] As regards the analysis of the functionality of the essential characteristics of the mark at issue, the General Court considers, like EUIPO, that the essential characteristic consisting of the black lines which intersect, horizontally and vertically, on each of the faces of the cube, …more
A-G CJEU: trade mark may not be declared invalid on the sole ground that the specification of goods and services lack sufficient clarity and precision
Case C-371-18 Sky v Skykick. Opinion A-G Tanchev.
Trade Mark Law - Sky is the registered proprietor of a number of EU trade marks “SKY”, among which two figurative marks. Sky contends that Skykick have infringed these EU trade marks. SkyKick denies infringement and issued a counterclaim for a declaration …more
CJEU about the concept of “appropriate compensation” in the Enforcement Directive after unjustified interim measures
Litigation - Concept of “appropriate compensation” must be given an independent and uniform interpretation: when the terms of a provision of EU law makes no express reference to the law of the Member States its meaning and scope must normally be given an independent and uniform interpretation throughout the …more
Design-law repair clause does not provide for a deviation from provisions of the Trademark Directive and the Community Trademark Regulation
Trade Mark Law - A manufacturer of replacement parts and accessories for motor vehicles that affixes a sign identical to a trade mark registered for to its products without permission can not invoke the repair clause pursuant to article 14 Designs Directive and article 110 Community Designs Regulation: mentioned …more
Trade Mark Law - In examining the distinctive character of a sign in respect of which registration as a trade mark is sought, all the relevant facts and circumstances must be taken into account, including all the likely types of use of the mark applied for. In the absence of other indications to the types of use, the …more
Trade Mark Law - Bad faith (article 52(1) under b) CTMR (former)): when one has the intention of undermining, in a manner inconsistent with honest practices, the interests of third parties, or with the intention of obtaining an exclusive right for purposes other than those falling within the functions of a trade mark, …more
Copyright. The French cour d’appel de Paris asks whether a software licensee’s non-compliance with the terms of a software licence constitutes an infringement (for the purposes of Directive 2004/48 of 29 April 2004) or …more
BOIP press release: "BOIP drastically improves searching figurative trademarks in its trademark register through a collaboration with Darts-ip. This innovative tool uses artificial intelligence to enable anyone to simply upload an image and search the entire register for identical or similar trademarks. It will be …more
EUIPO: "The next edition of DesignEuropa Awards will be held in Eindhoven on 20 October 2020.
Organised by the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the DesignEuropa Awards have become a fixture on the international industrial design calendar.
Now in their third edition, the DesignEuropa Awards honour …more