February Focus on China

Article 3 Similarity of goods and services   As discussed in the last article in this series, Chinese sub-classification system, in China goods and services are grouped into sub-classes. These sub-classes are important when the Chinese Trade Marks Office or the Trade Marks Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) needs to make a decision regarding whether… Read more »

Jimmy Choo stomps on cybersquatting

Luxury fashion brand J. Choo Limited, owner of the internationally desired JIMMY CHOO brand continues its success in its fight against cybersquatting with another favourable decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This decision is the latest in a long line of successful domain name complaints filed by the company. Choo Limited, represented by… Read more »

February Focus on China

Article 2 Chinese sub-classification system China adopts the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, but additionally uses a sub-classification system which is unique to China. In China, each of the Nice classes has been further divided into sub-classes of goods or services. The sub-classes are structured according to the features of the goods and services… Read more »

Cupid’s arrow hits the mark: eHarmony succeed in opposing registration of “matchedharmony”

In a decision handed down on Friday 10 February 2017, the UK IPO refused an application of Robert Magill to register the mark “matchedharmony” in relation to “online dating via a website; dating services”.  The opposition was filed by A.A. Thornton & Co. on behalf of one of the leading providers of online dating services,… Read more »

February Focus on China

Introduction to China Did you know that China’s annual consumption of ice cream would fill 2,344 Olympic-sized swimming pools? Or that China’s annual instant noodle consumption could feed the entire European continent dinner for 52 days? In recent years, China has produced rapid technological advances and has re-established itself as a significant contributor to developments… Read more »

Co-existence of Trade Marks: European and the UK

This is a summary of a presentation given by Ian Gill to the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) at their convention in St. Petersburg in October 2016. Trade Marks co-exist in the marketplace and on Trade Mark Registers.  There are a number of reasons why co-existence arises in the marketplace such as businesses… Read more »

Genuine use in the EU

Once a European Union (EU) trade mark registration has been on the register for five years, it becomes subject to use requirements. This means that if you try to rely on it to enforce your rights against third parties, you are likely to be required to provide evidence that you have genuinely used the mark… Read more »