Année : 2006


Le TPICE a rendu un arrêt intéressant le 25 octobre dernier en décidant que le dépôt communautaire ODA devait être refusé en raison de l’existence d’une marque antérieure espagnole RODA et alors même qu’une décision judiciaire antérieure espagnole avait décidé que les signes pouvaient coexister en Espagne.

The opportunities offered by the People’s Republic of China

More and more French companies, decide to file their marks in China, allured by the opportunities offered by the People’s Republic of China. Filing a trademark in China is much easier than one could imagine. The recording procedure is certainly long, but relatively easy. China, for the fifth consecutive year, receives the greatest number of …

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Color shades

Despite the keys given by the European Court of Justice on May 6, 2003, most of the color shades applied for are, without specific circumstances, rejected for lack of distinctiveness or misrepresentation of the sign. On April, 26, 2006, the Board of Appeal ruled that the orange shade of VEUVECLICQUOT did not have the distinctive …

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Color combinations

The Community decisions concur in requesting a « systematic and constant order and disposal of the colors combined » in the trademark representation. Difficulties arise when the owner’s practice commends to use various configurations. The blue and orange colors mark of GULF OILINTERNATIONAL has been registered in last October for auto racing sponsorship and associated goods. Our …

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GCC vs./ KCC

On September 14, 2006, the Second Board of Appeal denied likely hood of confusion between the earlier mark GCC and the application KCC for goods in the electrical industry. The Board took the view that the two marks were acronyms leading oneself to pay attention to each letter separately, so that the difference in one …

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Oh Christmas tree !!

On September 7, 2006, the European Court of First Instance admitted the likelihood of confusion between two figurative marks. According to the Court, visually, the fir shape was the common dominant element of both marks which intellectually coincided in their ideas, the application being regarded as an amusing variant of the earlier trademark silhouette. At …

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The double test for pharmaceutical trademarks

      The « European MEdicines Agency », « EMEA »,(for the Community) – and the « French Health Products Safety Agency « AFSSAPS » (for France) – ascertain that, in the application for trade authorization, proposed pharmaceutical trademarks are not confusingly similar to other existing trademarks and cannot generate confusion as to the quality or properties of the pharmaceuticals and …

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Clarifications on the impact of the Evin law on trademarks

The Evin law relative to the anti-smoking and anti-alcohol campaign was put into force in France in January 1991 and deals specifically with restrictions on communication and advertising for tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. According to the text, « any publicity or advertising in favor of a company, a service, apiece of goods, or an article …

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