December 8, 2005 : The Paris Tribunal of First Instance stated that there was no counterfeiting when GOOGLE offered to CARTEPHONE company, specialized in phone cards trade, the key word KERTEL which is the mark of KERTEL company, involved in prepaid phone cards, because the use of the sign is made with no proposal of products …

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A single letter is enough to distinguish between two trademarks

On December 15th, 2005, the European Court of First Instance ruled that these two trademarks were not similar to designate cleaning products in class 3 because of : – The letter A in the middle of the word CLEAN – The letter X at the end of the world CLEAN – The representation of a …

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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.


 December 16, 2005 -OHIM– WORLD/ WORLDBEDS   WORLD is usual for products and services connected to travel because of its ability to convey a positive image to the prospective travelers». Then, OHIM denies likelihood of confusion between and .