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So descriptive!

Community trademark applicants, if you (still) were not aware of the, let’s say, new approach adopted by the Community Trademark Office in examining descriptive marks, take the time to read this.
There has been, and this is true, a period in which, in case of a very descriptive mark, the way to, despite the weak character [...]

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There is a special link between young people and  IP. This why OHIM (the Community  Trademark Office) and the Observatory, as part of its mandate, launched the Ideas Powered last month, an initiative to raise awareness of the value of intellectual property and the importance of respecting it.
And ……….there is a competition going on! In [...]

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Community Trademark Office (OHIM): Performance Results of Services.

On 14 August last  the Community Office has published  ( performance result of services for the second quarter of 2015, in terms of timeliness, quality and accessibility. Apparently, despite the increase in number of applications compared to the previous quarter the Office is still maintaining its standards. To give you an idea, the Office may register [...]

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CTM: Another refused mark (abbreviation plus subsequent words)

This is a quite recent case of the Forth Board of Appeal of 7 August 2015 (Case R2898/2014-5), in connection, we would say, again, with descriptive/non distinctive Community trademarks.
AAL Association(AALA) sought to register the wordmark AAL Active and AssistedLiving for a huge list of goods and services in classes 16, 35, 36, 38, 41 [...]

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Trademark owners from outside the European Union..…

We think it is worth to remind that natural or legal persons not having either their domicile or their principal place of business or a real and effective industrial or commercial establishment in the European Community must be represented before the Community Office  in proceedings as for example Oppositions, Cancellation actions, etc.
In fact the concrete [...]

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