– Christian Louboutin, Christian Louboutin SAS v Van Haren Schoenen BV
According to Advocate General Szpunar, a trade mark combining colour and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trade mark law. The analysis must relate exclusively to the intrinsic value of the shape and take no account of attractiveness of the goods flowing from the reputation of the mark or its proprietor.
The second round for the modernisation of the trade part of the EU-Chile Association Agreement took place in Santiago de Chile on 15-19 January 2018. These were the first substantive discussions on trade issues after the launch of the negotiations on 16 November 2017. Overall, there were constructive exchanges and good progress in most of the negotiating groups. The discussions focussed on initial exchanges on substance or working on the initial textual proposals.
EU textual proposals on anti-corruption, competition, customs and trade facilitation, digital trade, dispute settlement, energy and raw, intellectual property, public procurement, rules of origin, investment and trade in services, SMEs, technical barriers to trade, trade in goods.
Figures from studies produced by the OECD and EUIPO show that counterfeit and pirated products represent up to 5% of all EU imports, worth up to 85 billion. Brands that suffer the most from IP infringements are primarily registered in the EU.
A meeting jointly organised by the EUIPO and Europol will gather Directors-General and Heads of Agencies such as: CEPOL, Eurojust, OLAF, DG Taxation and Customs Union and DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs today at the Europol premises in The Hague
On 17 January the Office officially launched the new IP Key China in Beijing, during an event attended by Christian Archambeau, EUIPO Deputy Executive Director, Mr Chen Fuli, Director General of China’s Ministry of Commerce, and representatives of the European Commission and the EU Delegation to China.