The General Court of the European Union (‘the GC’) has issued its hotly anticipated decision in Hasbro Inc. v European Union Intellectual Property Office (‘EUIPO’). This case centres on whether one or more EU trade mark (‘EUTM’) registrations owned by Hasbro Inc. (‘Hasbro’) for the trade mark MONOPOLY are invalid because Hasbro’s intentions, when re-filing a mark that was already protected by an EUTM covering the same goods/services, was to undermine the requirement to prove use of an EUTM.
In their recent decision (T1839/18), the boards of appeal re-affirmed the legality of straw man oppositions. Although this in itself is not news, we felt it offered a good opportunity to look again at the many advantages of anonymously opposing a European patent.
The first long-haul flight powered by biofuels took off on 18th May 2021. An Air France-KLM flight from Paris to Montreal used a mix of conventional jet fuel and a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from used cooking oils. Also, the UK Government has recently announced that it will mandate the introduction of E10 fuel (petrol containing up to 10% of sustainable bioethanol) from September this year
IT’S LIKE MILK BUT MADE FOR HUMANS – Guidance from the General Court on registering slogans as trade marks
Oatly AB register a controversial slogan as an EU trade mark. Learn more about protecting your slogan as a trade mark.
The oral proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal to discuss the question of whether oral proceedings by video conference can be appointed without the consent of the parties was held (by video conference) today. However, we are still no closer to finding out whether video conference can be used for all oral proceedings without […]
Net Zero by 2050 – A new IEA report highlighting a roadmap reliant on improvements in traditional, and development of disruptive, technologies
Last week, amid unseasonably windy and wet weather in the UK, National Grid reported a new record share of electricity demand being produced by wind turbines (62.5 %) throughout Great Britain. In a timely coincidence, in the same week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a fascinating report on how a net zero (emissions) energy system may be achieved globally by 2050.
The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has issued an interlocutory decision on G1/21, following which the composition of the Enlarged Board will change. Two members of the Enlarged Board, including the Enlarged Board’s current Chairman, will be replaced by two new members.
Since 2006, the European Patent Office has recognised “the creativity of inventors the world over, who use their technical, scientific and intellectual skills to contribute to technological progress, thereby driving and economic growth and improving people’s daily lives” at the annual European Inventor Awards. Sadly the 2020 European Inventor Awards were cancelled, just like Eurovision. As a result, the 15 inventors and inventor teams on the 2020 shortlist (along with us, loyal fans) have waited a whole year to find out who will emerge victorious.