As of 18 May, holders and applicants of a EUTM can opt-in to receive alerts as soon as a .eu domain name is registered that is identical to their EUTM (application). By receiving such alert, EUTM holders are informed much faster and may take appropriate action much sooner.
Bosnia and Herzegovina to use the list of terms from the harmonised database in TMclassAs of 6 May 2019 the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IIP-BIH) will use the list of goods and services from the harmonised database (HDB) in TMclass in Bosnian language
U.K. supermarket no longer legally trumps a literal country Iceland Foods, which operates Iceland supermarkets in the U.K., no longer holds the EU trademark on the word “Iceland,” which is, of course, a sovereign country. The EU Intellectual Property Organisation granted the food company said trademark back in 2014, but that trademark is now invalidated after the supermarket tried to stop the country from mentioning itself in a slogan, prompting the country to sue.
Impact of the UK’s withdrawalfrom the EU – EUTMs and RCDsOn 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) notified its intention to leave the European Union (EU).As a consequence, unless a withdrawal agreement is ratified or another date determined by the European Council, in agreement with the UK, the UK will become a third country and EU law will ex lege (Article 50(3) TEU) cease to apply to the UK (so called “hard Brexit” scenario).The withdrawal day is currently set for 30 March 2019.This section contains the relevant information on how the EUIPO intends to handle the circumstances in which EUTM and RCD Regulations would cease to apply to the UK as from the withdrawal day.
Delivering the deal negotiated with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed.However, the government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario. For 2 years, the government has been implementing a significant programme of work to ensure that the UK is prepared to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.
Monaco joins TMviewAs of 28 January 2019 the Industrial Property Office of Monaco (MCIPO) has made its trade mark data available to the TMview search tool. The integration of MCIPO is a concrete result of the International Cooperation programme managed by the EUIPO in collaboration with its international partners. With MCIPO on board, TMview now contains data from 69 participating offices.
By a judgment rendered on 6 December 2018 in case T-848/16, Deichmann v EUIPO – Vans (V), the General Court confirmed that extracts from TMview are acceptable evidence in inter partes proceedings before EUIPO in order to substantiate earlier trade marks registered with the participating offices, as long as they contain all relevant data.
Ecuador joins TMclassAs of 25 September 2018, Ecuador’s National Service of Intellectual Rights (SENADI) joins TMclass with the latest version of the Nice classification.This latest addition brings the total number of national and regional IP Offices, including ARIPO, OAPI, WIPO and EUIPO, involved in the tool to 72.