Adidas may oppose the registration, as an EU trade mark, of two parallel stripes on shoes by Shoe Branding Europe.
The marks applied for in the case risk taking unfair advantage of adidas’ earlier mark representing three parallel stripes on a shoe.
– 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.
WIPO has just released its World Intellectual Property Report 2017 on ‘Intangible Capital in Global Value Chains’.
It presents original estimates of the returns accruing to intangible capital in the global production of manufactured goods produced.
Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal networks.