Wednesday, 17 April 2013

In case you missed it -- Knut citation gets JIPLP into OHIM ruling

My attention has been drawn to a now somewhat historical Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM) Board of Appeal decision on a trade mark opposition, R 650/2009-1 Zoologischer Garten Berlin AG v Knut IP Management Ltd, in which the Board of Appeal cited one of JIPLP's most popular Christmas articles, that published in 2008 on the German craze for naming polar bear cubs and its repercussions for trade mark law.  The author, Birgit Clark, is a JIPLP Editorial Board member,  Said the Board of Appeal in this instance:
"29. Auf eine kraft Benutzung erhöhte Kennzeichnungskraft der älteren Marke hat sich die Widersprechende nicht berufen (siehe hierzu Birgit Clark: "Knut, Flocke, and Co: the bear facts revealed", Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2008, Vol. 3, No. 12, Seite 764)".
The ruling in this case was subsequently appealed to the General Court, whose decision you can read here.

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