The value of the designations of origin: don’t be fooled by the (Galician) mussels

The use of Designations of Origin (DO) is of utmost importance to guarantee consumers that the products they are acquiring comply with specific quality standards and that come from a specific geographical origin. The doubt arises when producers intend to make similar or evocative, but not identical, use of the protected DO. How far can […]

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What brand would you associate this product with?: the three-dimensional cookie that prevents Gullón’s trademark registration

The General Court of the European Union has refused to register the figurative mark `Gullón Twins Cookie Sandwich´ because Gullón was taking unfair advantage of the earlier three-dimensional mark protecting the shape of Oreo’s cookie. In this case T-677/18, the General Court decides on the appeal lodged by Galletas Gullón against the decision of the […]

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‘La irlandesa’ who wasn’t from Ireland: a trademark fight

The EUIPO has confirmed the nullity of the mark `La Irlandesa´. The analysis of this case provides criteria and guidelines for determining not only the misleading nature of a sign, but also when its application should be found to have been made in bad faith. The Grand Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual […]

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