Archive | January, 2014

Same trade-mark and similar goods? No problem if sold through different channels of trade

This case illustrates the potential advantages of explicitly excluding certain goods from your trade-mark application. Let’s suppose you are a tire manufacturer with the registered mark POTENZA for “tires, tubes and wheels” that you have held for 30 years.  A high-end Italian bicycle parts manufacturer decides to try to register the mark POTENZA for “bicycle parts […]

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2014: The US Supreme Court wrestles with patents

Over the past few years, IP has been in the spotlight south of the border.  It seems that not a day goes by without a patent, trade-mark or copyright story in the popular press (e.g. see smartphone wars).  Changes in the law have also been coming at a fast pace.  Witness the US implementation of […]

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