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Retail sale services under the European recent practice

In eight months of birth, the definitive allowance of retail services under trademark registrations in the European Community has lead the OHIM President to further intervene and the Opposition division to show its difficulties in handling this new possibility.     Registration of retail sale services Community trademark was first granted by the OHIM Board …

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On February 1st, 2006 – PERFIX/ CERFIX The European Court of First Instance upheld an opposition based on trademark CERFIX against trademark PERFIX as reproduced here above. (Community trademark application) VS./ (Earlier trademark opposed) The reasoning was to minimize the visual differences as regards the strong phonetic likeliness of the signs, especially because of the …

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Possible specific trademarks comparison where watches are concerned

On January 12th, 2006, the European Court of First Instance ruled that these two trademarks were liable to cause confusion for products in class 14. The judge retains that the logo included in the Community trademark application was not sufficient to compensate the prefix Quant shared with the earlier mark to the extent that (i) this …

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January 17, 2006 : The French High Court ruled that the mark ALLEZ LES BLEUS (literally Go on blue guys) was not commonly known at the time of filling and should consequently be regarded as distinctive. It only became well-know after the winning of the world football cup of 1998 by France.


In the context of an opposition proceeding, the specification of a trademark covering products/services not included in one class shows difference of practice between the French Trademark Office (INPI) and the European one (OHMI) when assessing the products and services similarity. The INPI systematically holds as ungrounded the opposition when the prior registration designates products/services not included …

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December 16, 2005 -OHIM VIP or VIPS, used and understood in all European Countries, aregeneric indications in all commercial fields to indicate a presumed ˜high class level™ for any products and services, and therefore show limited distinctiveness. As a result, OHIM retains no possible confusion between VIPS and in this proceeding.