LEGO lost a trademark dispute in Japan

despaired-2261021_1920The world well-known toy manufacturer LEGO lost a trademark dispute against the following trademark application filed in Japan for class 28 – cat toys:

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Against this application, LEGO invoked its Lego trademark for class 28 and claimed an acquired reputation amongst Japanese consumers.

The Japan Patent Office agreed that LEGO is a well-known trademark in the country for many years a conclusion supported even by the fact that half of the schools in Japan used Lego toys for educational purposes.

Nevertheless, the Office dismissed the opposition stating that both signs are not confusingly similar. The Lego’s argument that CATTY is descriptive terms as the first part of the later mark, was rejected.

According to the Office, the other reason for lack of confusion was the fact that the goods target different manufacturers, consumer audience and distribution channels.

Source: Masaki MIKAMI.

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Source: Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here.

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Source: Intellectual Property Center at the UNWE. More information can be found here.

What can you find in the latest issue of WIPO Magazine?

pexels-photo-315658.jpegWIPO announced the new issue of it WIPO Magazine, where you can find:

  • GII 2019: Creating healthy lives – the future of medical innovation
  • Curbing cultural appropriation in the fashion industry with intellectual property
  • Singapore’s biggest copyright reform in 30 years
  • The harsh reality of life as a musician: an interview with Miranda Mulholland
  • With Teqball the world is curved
  • Five years after Alice: five lessons learned from the treatment of software patents in litigation
  • A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects

For more information here.

Global Innovation Index 2019

gii_2019_1200.jpgWIPO published its Global Innovation Index for 2019. Switzerland was ranked as the most innovative nation in the world followed by Sweden and the US. The rest of the countries in the top 10 are Nederland, Finland, the UK, Singapour, Germany, Denmark, and Israel.

Bulgaria is ranked 40 which is three places behind the last year’s position. More data for the country can be found here.

More information regarding this index you can found here.