Quantum Trademarks

Can you register "QNED" as a trademark in class 9 for, among other goods, TV sets or displays? Or does the acronym QNED means "quantum nano (light-)emitting diode? This was the question decided by the Appeal Board of the European IP Office recently in case R721/2021-4 (Details linked here). The...

Is the golden colour of the Lindt Gold Bunny protected by trademark law?

The German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) stated today in a decision (I ZR 139/20) that the golden colour of the Lindt Gold Bunny is protectable as a trademark under German law. The full reasons for the decision have not yet been published and, only a press release of the...

Trade and Cooperation Agreement with UK Approved by the European Parliament

The European Parliament finally put its approval to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union on 28 April 2021 and the Agreement came into full effect from Saturday 1 May. The Agreement includes a number of measures on protection of intellectual property which we...

Challenging Domain Names

The creation of the large number of new "top-level" domains has lead to a potentially massive increase in the number of domain names that conflict with brand names, such as registered (und unregistered) trade marks or company names. Under ICANN's Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (abbreviated to "UDRP"), most types of...

Prioritising Trade Mark Registration for COVID-19 products and services.

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced a major new programme to enable applicants for trade mark registration for brand names for COVID-19 related medical products and services. It will be possible for an trade mark applicant to request acceleration of the trade mark registration process and the fees for prioritizing the examination will be...