Debunking ‘green sheen’: the new rules on environmental claims

The new EU Directive seeks to put an end to greenwashing and early obsolescence practices. The majority of the obligations it lays down are already punishable through existing unfair competition regulations. However, the new EU greenwashing directive fills certain legal voids. The Greenwashing Directive puts down in black and white what we already knew: do […]

Zara vs. Boungiorno and the possibility (or not) of using third-party trademarks

A judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) clarifies the scope of third-party use of trademarks, taking into account the changes introduced in the European Directive on trademarks. On January 11, 2024, the CJEU ruled on the preliminary question (Case C-361/22) raised by the Spanish Supreme Court in the proceedings between […]

Can an advertising slogan function as a trademark?

The General Court of the European Union recently refused to allow registration of the “BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLANET B” mark for cosmetic products, stationery and other accessories, holding that it lacked the distinctive character required for the general public to identify it as a trademark. One of the essential functions of a trademark is […]

A blow to image rights?: the Supreme Court rules on the protection of the personality rights of deceased celebrities

The Supreme Court has again ruled on the protection of the personality rights of deceased celebrities. Analyzed in conjunction with the previous Dalí judgment, this new ruling may introduce some uncertainty as to the post mortem scope of protection of such rights. A judgment by the Supreme Court (Civil Chamber) of June 16, 2022 (see […]

Influencers, bullfighting, deepfakes, AI, biopics… the Garrigues IP Blog celebrates its first birthday, covering all the hot topics.

  It’s the first anniversary of the Garrigues IP Blog. An orbit around the sun full of new developments, trends and reflections on intellectual property, with the analysis of our professional experts on the subject. During this period we have been able to count on the unwavering support of our readers and subscribers to our […]

Beauty filters on Instagram are in the spotlight: are they misleading?

While 2020 brought a wealth of developments in relation to the regulation of influencer advertising (see here) and the mandatory use of the hashtag #publi when it is not obvious that the message is advertising (see here), the goalpost has been moved even further in 2021. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – the British equivalent […]

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