lack of distinctiveness

Trademark: Terms of Renewal

Trademark´s Renewal Terms of protection: 3 Things To Know     1. After the Trademark Law Reform  In the case of a trademark registered as of 01/14/2019, the term of protection begins on the day following the filing of the application and ends at the end of the day corresponding to the day of filing […]

BGH Eastern Decision on the Lindt Gold Bunny

BGH Decision on trademark protection of the gold tone of the Lindt gold chocolate bunny Federal Supreme Court, Judgment of 29.07.2021 – I ZR 139/20 – Gold tone of the Lindt Gold Bunny enjoys trade mark protection – Let’s have a look at this interesting BGH, German Federal Supreme Court.  The Federal Supreme Court has […]

Registering the name of an independent state: Andorra’s case

Andorra – the independent state : Bureaucracy problems The Principality of Andorra is not allowed to register its own name as a Union trademark.  The government of the small principality is not allowed to protect the name “ANDORRA” as a Union trademark. The figurative sign should be used for marketing various goods and services. But that was recently […]

Trademark law absolute grounds for refusal

The DPMA examines the trade mark application for absolute grounds for refusal. Absolute grounds for refusal are for example: lack of distinctiveness descriptive terms that must be kept freely available for general use danger of deceiving the public an emblem of state included in the trade mark offence against public policy or accepted principles of […]

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