Reports of Trade Mark Cases for CIPA - May 2018

By Katharine Stephens, Hilary Atherton, Emma Green, Rob Milligan, Rebekah Sellars, Henry Elliot, Ciara Hughes, Aaron Hetherington, Mark Livsey, Louise O'Hara, Charlotte Peacock, Francesca Rivers, Thomas Pugh


This month we report on Advocate-General Szpunar's Opinion on whether the shape exclusion in Article 3(1)(e)(iii) is applicable to non-three dimensional properties such as colour and shape (Christian Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen). We also report on the decision in Henry Martinez v Prick Me Baby One More Time Ltd regarding consumer confusion between two marks featuring the word PRICK.

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