TPTO publishes guidelines for use requirements in opposition proceedings
The following information has been received from Turkey:
Since 10 January 2017, Turkey has had a New IP Law, No.6769, in force. One of the important points in the New Law is that, in opposition proceedings, the applicant has the right to invite its opponent(s) to prove serious and genuine use of its mark in Turkey in the past 5 years or submit justified reasons for non-use, if the opponent’s mark passed the 5 year use term on the filing/priority date of opposed mark.
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Moldova: a transit country for counterfeit goods into the EU
Moldova has ratified most of International Conventions in the field of intellectual property, including the TRIPS Agreement, and its legislation is harmonized with the European Directives. Furthermore, after it signed the Association Agreement with the EU in 2014, the country has launched a number of law enforcement projects, notably in respect to intellectual property rights. One of the primary objectives of these projects is to ensure effective rights at the border.
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Description Ignored, Ball Canned
A rather important judgment this month from the General Court, namely that of 13 June 2017 in Case T‑9/15 Ball Beverage Packaging Europe Ltd, (replacing Ball Europe GmbH) v EUIPO - Crown Hellas Can SA (Cans), ECLI:EU:T:2017:386, an appeal against decision R 1408/2012-3 concerning RCD 230990-0006. It concerns the effect (or lack of it) of a description in a Registered Community Design, and makes some interesting comments on embodiments, sets, and unity of designs.
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