WIPO introduced its new software for searching international trademarks called WIPO Madrid Monitor which will replace, as far as it is known, the current ROMARIN tool.
What’s new in the case of Madrid Monitor?
Generally, the new database is more intuitive, flexible and user-friendly, giving a wide range of details regarding trademarks’ status as well as some improved functions such as:
- Access trademark records using an intuitive search interface
- Compile, save and share search results and strategies
- Track the real-time status of your international trademark registration and related requests (including changes in ownership and renewals)
- Find out where protection has been granted or refused for your trademark
- Register to receive email alerts for changes related to trademarks of interest registered through the Madrid System
More information here.
EUIPO reports about a new online form for filling applications for international trademarks under the Madrid protocol based on Eu trademark applications or registrations.
According to the Office, this new form is more user-friendly and less time-consuming which in general support the Office’s efforts for paperless services.
For more information here.
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Information from Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here
The Brandirectory published the list of the most valuable brands in the world for 2017. This represents brand evaluation as an intangible asset for the relevant proprietor.
According this rating the first place is for Google (109 billion dollars), followed by Apple (107 billion dollars) and Amazon (106 billion dollars).
More information can be found here.
PayPal launched a lawsuit against Pandora Media in New York regarding Pandora’s new logo which represents the P letter in blue color.
According to PayPal this logo is confusingly similar to the company’s own earlier logo for double P in blue color too. What’s more the company considers that its logo has “achieved significant fame and consumer recognition” and “the similarities between the logos are striking, obvious, and patently unlawful. Just like the PayPal logo, the Pandora logo is a capital P in block style, sans serif, with no counter, in the same deep-blue colour range”.
PayPal backed up its allegations with evidences that some consumers made a mistake when approaching both marks.
The General court of the EU ruled in case T-216/16; Vignerons de la Méditerranée v EUIPO where there is an application for the following EU trademark for Class 33:
Against this mark, an opposition was filed grounded on an earlier trademark VIÑA DEL VAL for Class 33 too.
EUIPO upheld the opposition taking into consideration the fact that for English-speaking consumers a likelihood of confusion exists. The reason for this conclusion is that the word VAL has no meaning for these consumers whereas VINA possesses low distinctive character. The figurative elements in the trademark application have only decorative character and can’t contribute for the distinctiveness of the mark applied for as a whole.
Both signs are visually and orally similar which create a possibility for confusion among the consumers.
The Court upheld these conclusions and dismissed additional documents submitted with the aim to prove that VAL word is widespread for wine in the EU. According to the court, this is not acceptable because these materials don’t show well-known facts which is the requirement for such latter pieces of evidence.
Source: Alicante news.
WIPR reports about a lawsuit initiated by a US insurance agency against the global insurance company American International Group (AIG).
A.I.G Agency is a company from St Louis, Missouri, which has been using an AIG trademark since 1962, which is supported by the relevant pieces of evidence.
On the other hand, American International Group is the owner of later AIG marks in the US.
According to A.I.G Agency, this creates confusions among the consumers due to which the Missouri company insists American International Group to stop using the AIG marks and to pay damages.
More information here.