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  • Non-use period reduced to 3 years in Australia
    The Australian Trade Mark law has recently undergone some changes, the most significant of which is an amendment to the time period before which a trade mark registration can be challenged for non-use.   Under the old system in Australia, an application to cancel a trade mark registrat...
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    …but can you still call it a Big Mac?
    There have been many posts and publications about the recent Cancellation Division’s decision in the BIG MAC case – but the question we are all wondering is – can you still call a Big Mac a Big Mac?   As many will know, Supermac sought to cancel McDonald’s EU Trade Mark No. 626...
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    009 – Licence to Brexit
    The UKIPO have announced the numbering system it will use when creating the UK version of existing EUTMs in the event of a no-deal UK exit from the EU.   Currently the plan is that right holders with an existing EUTM will have a new UK equivalent right granted that will come into force...
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    Kluwer Trademark Blog – Brexit: The road keeps turning
    What does yesterday's parliamentary defeat of Theresa May's Brexit deal mean for IP? We set out our thoughts on the Kluwer Trademark Bl...
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    ‘Potatoes, it cannot be denied, are vegetables’ – The General Court takes an EXXTRA DEEP look at what makes a crisp
    PepsiCo, Inc. v EUIPO (Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG) – T-82/17
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    The UKIPO puts out the idea of NIVEA for tobacco products
    In September this year, Beiersdorf, the parent company of the skincare range NIVEA, successfully opposed a UK application consisting of the word NIVEA with a circular swirl, which had been applied for in relation to cigarettes and related products in class 34.   Beiersdorf relied on it...
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    Five days of Brexit – 5. What about references to ‘the EU’ in my agreements?
    As parliament continues to debate Theresa May’s plan for exiting the EU, we’re commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and Brexit:   What if the UK government are slow in implementation? Would you want to rely on an EU registration to enforce short ter...
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    Five days of Brexit – 4. What about ongoing oppositions?
    As parliament continues to debate Theresa May's plan for exiting the EU, we're commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and Brexit:   What if the UK government are slow in implementation? Would you want to rely on an EU registration to enforce short term?
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    Five days of Brexit – 3. What about non use?
    As parliament starts debating Theresa May's plan for exiting the EU, we're commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and Brexit:   What if the UK government are slow in implementation? Would you want to rely on an EU registration to enforce short term? ...
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    Five days of Brexit – 2. What about pending EU applications?
    As parliament gears up to debate Theresa May's plan for exiting the EU, we're commenting all this week on five topics that concern brands and Brexit:   What if the UK government are slow in implementation? Would you want to rely on an EU registration to enforce short term?
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