Compton Cases | Geographical Names as Fashion Trademarks

In two judgements of 28 February 2024 in related cases T-746/22 and T-747/22, the General Court of the EU (GCEU) upheld the validity of two EU trademark registrations containing the geographical name ‘Compton’, which it considers distinctive and not descriptive for fashion items like clothing and bags. These judgments provide a good opportunity to refresh […]

Pick your cherry chocolate lookalike packaging (GCEU, 29 November 2023, T‑29/23)

In case T‑29/23 (Vobro/Mieszko), the General Court of the EU (GCEU) was asked to rule on the likelihood of confusion (LoC) of two complex signs containing word elements and the image of a cherry dipped in chocolate in relation to class 30 goods (confectionery and sweets). Summary of the decision After the EUIPO Opposition Division […]

Trade Mark Laws and Regulations Belgium 2023-2024

Simont Braun is happy to share the Belgian chapter on Trade Mark Law and Regulations, authored by our Intellectual Property Team for ICLG Comparative Guide. The chapter covers common issues in trade mark laws and regulations – including legislation, application, refusal, opposition and registration. Built as a Q&A, this guide is meant to be a […]