Maren Ebner

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In CREW Republic Brewery GmbH v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) (Case R167/2015-4), the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM has found that the registration of the word mark DETOX as a Community trademark (CTM) for “beers” in Class 32 is eligible for registration because its meaning is neither descriptive, nor does it lack distinctiveness, nor is it deceptive.…
Maren Ebner reports the case of Best-Lock (Europe) Ltd. v. Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and Lego Juris A/S (Case T-396/14) in which the General Court has upheld a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM, finding that Lego’s figure is a valid trademark, despite the fact that it includes technical elements which enable the figure to be joined to Lego’s toy bricks. To read the article in full, please…
Maren Ebner discusses the case of Levi Strauss & Co v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) (Case T-604/13). The General Court has overturned a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM, finding that the Community Trade Mark (CTM) application for the word mark 101 was visually and phonetically similar to Levi Strauss & Co’s earlier CTM 501. To read the article in full, please click here. This article first…
In general, most, if not all, trademark authorities around the world will not allow marks of an immoral nature on their registers. In the U.S., for example, if a “substantial composite of the general public” would perceive the mark, in context, to have a vulgar meaning, then the mark as a whole consists of scandalous matter and is not registerable. In the EU, the test under Article 7(1)(f) of the Community Trademark Regulation (207/2009) is…