Trademark registration: Banksy laughs last and longest

The EUIPO Board of Appeal has declared the validity of a trademark containing the well known work of the graffiti artist Banksy ‘Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be In Charge’, having deemed that it was not registered in bad faith. In recent years, the EUIPO Cancellation Division has decided to invalidate several trademarks by […]

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The EU resolves doubts surrounding the protection of trademarks in relation to NFTs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has issued its guidelines on the classification of goods and services relating to NFTs, establishing the bases to approach the legal challenges resulting from their registration and the scope of protection afforded to owners. Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have come to hold a fundamental place in the digital […]

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God Save the Queen: what will happen to the Royal Warrants granted by the late Queen?

Royal Warrants of Appointment are granted to companies or traders that supply products and services to the Royal Household. In this post, we will look at what will happen to these distinctions now that the Queen has passed away. Following the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, an icon among the […]

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Trademarks filed in bad faith: the Portuguese experience of the past 3 years

When harmonising E.U. regulations, an extensive range of interpretations are tacitly accepted when new concepts arise. This is particularly true when the lawmakers find it difficult to define the boundaries of the term in question, given the plethora of situations it encompasses. Moreover, including these terms in our legal system is not an easy taskand […]

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WIPO World Intellectual Property Indicators 2021: the pandemic did not stop intellectual property

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its 2021 Indicators Report (WIPI Report 2021). In this article we will look at the main aspects of the document, which provides a detailed analysis of global trends in relation to filing, registration, validity and other aspects of intellectual property around the globe, as we did with […]

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Clouds, hearts and sloths…. Mr. Wonderful’s Good Vibes through the prism of the Unfair Competition Law

  Can a company monopolize a certain way of presenting its articles to the market without having a recognized exclusive right? Can this company prevent competitors from including positive messages, animation and ornamental elements such as arrows or hearts on their products? This is precisely the subject of the debate in judgment no. 27/2022, in […]

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