ECJ ruling sees Louboutin walk all over the competition
The question over whether a shoe sole can be trade marked has taken a designer step forward this week. Christian Louboutin has won the backing of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in its ongoing legal battle to protect its world-renowned red soled shoes.
3D Trade Marks – Yes, there really is such a thing! All You Need to Know (& Understand!)
Three-dimensional (3D) trade marks are currently something of a hot topic and some of the biggest names in the licensing, toy and nursery sectors have had their fair share of media exposure in recent years because of their success, or indeed failure, to get their brand protected with this fairly new form of IP rights.
Coca Cola, Mondelez(Toblerone), Hard Rock Café, and Chanel are a few to have obtained protection for their product’s shape or packaging because of unique and distinctive characteristics; these successful applications undoubtedly cement their place in the commercial marketplace and support ongoing success. In contrast Nestle (Kit Kat), Jaguar Land Rover, Lego and Rubik’s Brand (Rubik’s Cube), all failed in their bids for 3D trade mark protection...
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