The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today launched WIPO Lex-Judgments, a new database providing free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to IP law from around the world.
On September 24, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Administrative Measures for Trademark Agencies (Draft for Comment) (商标代理管理办法 (征求意见稿)). While the measures mostly address the management of Chinese trademark agencies, several articles in the measures will be beneficial to foreign brands that have been and continue to be at risk of trademark squatting in China.
Whiskey maker Jack Daniel’s has logged an appeal with the US Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that a dog toy did not infringe on its trademarks.The Bad Spaniels dog toyAs reported by Law360.com, Jack Daniel’s submitted its appeal to the court last Friday (18 September) arguing for the previous verdict to be overturned.Jack Daniel’s, which is owned by Brown-Forman, was first taken to court by the maker of the Bad Spaniels Silly Squeakers dog toy in 2014 after the distiller sent cease and desist letters to the company.
Before the district court may find that the toy infringed Jack Daniel’s famous trade dress, the Ninth Circuit held the court must first consider whether the trade dress was artistically relevant to the toy’s expressive character, and whether use of the trade dress explicitly misleads consumers.
Banksy lost a trademark battle with a U.K.-based greeting card company and, in turn, the copyright for his famous work, “Flower Thrower,” in part because officials said his hidden identity prevents him from being classified as the “as the unquestionable owner.”
Trade marks consisting exclusively of a sound or a combination of sounds are rare. However, a recent EUIPO decision confirms that a four-note sequence for electronical and medical apparatus and sanitary installations may be distinctive.🔎R2821/2019-1 https://t.co/yrF2zvT1mKpic.twitter.com/SLlaY39or6
As of 14 September 2020, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) has enhanced its participation in TMclass and joined DesignClass.OAPI will now use and accept the list of terms from the harmonised database of goods and services (HDB) in TMclass as well as the list of terms from the harmonised database of product indications (HDBPI) in DesignClass. Following OAPI’s decision to use HDB and HDBPI there are now twelve (12) non-EU IP offices in TMclass and eleven (11) in DesignClass, which use and accept terms from these harmonised databases.The latest addition of OAPI in TMclass brings the total number of participating national and regional IP Offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, to 81. As for DesignClass, there are now 38 IP offices in this tool after OAPI has joined.
Word Mark: TX500H
Goods and services: automobiles and structural parts thereof
Standard Characters Claimed
Serial Number: 90165511
Filing Date: September 8, 2020
Current Basis: 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA TA TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION CORPORATION